Indigenous Water Justice

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Indigenous Peoples are struggling for water justice across the globe These struggles stem from centurieslong ongoing colonial legacies and hold profound significance for Indigenous Peoples' socioeconomic development cultural identity and political autonomy and external relations within nationstates Ultimately Indigenous Peoples' right to selfdetermination is implicated Growing out of a symposium hosted by the University of Colorado Law School and the Native American Rights Fund in June 2016 this Article expounds the concept of ÔÇ£indigenous water justiceÔÇØ and advocates for its realization in three major transboundary river basins the Colorado USMexico Columbia CanadaUS and MurrayDarling Australia The Article begins with a novel conceptualization of indigenous water justice rooted in the historic United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples UNDRIP'specifically UNDRIP's foundational principle of selfdetermination In turn the Article offers overviews of the basins and narrative accounts of enduring waterjustice struggles experienced by Indigenous Peoples therein Finally the Article synthesizes commonalities evident from the indigenous water justice struggles by introducing and deconstructing the concept of ÔÇ£water colonialismÔÇØ Against this backdrop the Article revisits UNDRIP to articulate principles and prescriptions aimed at prospectively realizing indigenous water justice in the basins and around the world

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