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CRIT increases leases on riverfront 60 percent

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EYE OF THE PEOPLE

Parker, AZ

#1 Nov 5, 2008
CRIT increases leases on riverfront 60 percent

By Joan M. Travis
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:35 AM MST

Leaseholders on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Bluewater Subdivision have been told by tribal officials that their leases have increased 60 percent. In a letter dated Sept. 23, it stated, CRIT "imposed a 60 percent increase for 2009 lease year for the Bluewater Subdivision, Arizona and California. Your new bill reflecting the increase will be mailed to you by Nov. 1.

You (also) must notify your bonding agent of the new bond amount so they can order the necessary ride to charge your bond to the new amount required. We suggest that you do this as soon as possible so that the bond change will be done prior to your anniversary date. Please have this done by Feb. 1, 2009. If you do not wish to renew your lease you will need to notify our office immediately and vacate the premises by Dec. 31, 2008."

The Bluewater Subdivison is land north of BlueWater Resort & Casino, on the Arizona and California sides of the Colorado River. However, residents on the California side are getting assistance from the Colorado River Residents for Justice.

The CRR4J was created when allegations of lease agreements not being honored by CRIT and not allowing development to proceed in some resorts along the river on the California side.

The area impacted on the Arizona side is the "Badenoch's area which is mostly residential.

Before the resort and casino were in place there was a Bluewater Master Plan, that was created in the 1980s that had residential homes on the mesa and condos on the waterfront on the Arizona side.

CRR4J cites a settlement agreement CRIT Chairman Daniel Eddy Jr. signed in 1999. The document ended the litigation in the third Arizona v. California case. According to case documents, a Special Master appointed by the Supreme Court in Arizona III issued decisions that did not recognize any additional water rights for the disputed land in California. He concluded the lands were not part of the CRIT Reservation. Also, the Secretary of Interior was not authorized to issue an opinion on location of the disputed boundary and that the Secretary's opinion was "unsound."

CRIT's point of view was the settlement agreement in Arizona v. California gave the Tribes the ability to re-assert control over land in California, south of Riverside Mountain.

In case documents, the disputed boundary litigation regarding the "validity, correctness or propriety of the Jan. 17, 1969 Order of the Secretary of the Interior, Western Boundary of the Colorado River Indian reservation."

The state of California did not agree with the 1969 Secretary of Interior's Executive Order. To date the boundary still is disputed.

In the 1980s, the White Mountain Apache Tribe did not renew leases on Hawley Lake. Lake residents tried to negotiate and litigation ensued, but the Apaches had the right not to renew leases. A similar situation happened on the Chemehuevi Reservation at Havasu Landing, Calif., leases were not renewed and lessees had to move out.
Delay in Reporting

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#2 May 11, 2009
Thanks to the intervention of the Colorado River Residents for Justice (CRR4J) organization, and apparently the wisdom of SOMEONE on the CRIT Tribal Council, the 60% lease increase WAS NOT levied for this renewal.
EYE OF THE PEOPLE wrote:
CRIT increases leases on riverfront 60 percent
By Joan M. Travis
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:35 AM MST
Leaseholders on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Bluewater Subdivision have been told by tribal officials that their leases have increased 60 percent. In a letter dated Sept. 23, it stated, CRIT "imposed a 60 percent increase for 2009 lease year for the Bluewater Subdivision, Arizona and California. Your new bill reflecting the increase will be mailed to you by Nov. 1.
You (also) must notify your bonding agent of the new bond amount so they can order the necessary ride to charge your bond to the new amount required. We suggest that you do this as soon as possible so that the bond change will be done prior to your anniversary date. Please have this done by Feb. 1, 2009. If you do not wish to renew your lease you will need to notify our office immediately and vacate the premises by Dec. 31, 2008."
The Bluewater Subdivison is land north of BlueWater Resort & Casino, on the Arizona and California sides of the Colorado River. However, residents on the California side are getting assistance from the Colorado River Residents for Justice.
The CRR4J was created when allegations of lease agreements not being honored by CRIT and not allowing development to proceed in some resorts along the river on the California side.
The area impacted on the Arizona side is the "Badenoch's area which is mostly residential.
Before the resort and casino were in place there was a Bluewater Master Plan, that was created in the 1980s that had residential homes on the mesa and condos on the waterfront on the Arizona side.
CRR4J cites a settlement agreement CRIT Chairman Daniel Eddy Jr. signed in 1999. The document ended the litigation in the third Arizona v. California case. According to case documents, a Special Master appointed by the Supreme Court in Arizona III issued decisions that did not recognize any additional water rights for the disputed land in California. He concluded the lands were not part of the CRIT Reservation. Also, the Secretary of Interior was not authorized to issue an opinion on location of the disputed boundary and that the Secretary's opinion was "unsound."
CRIT's point of view was the settlement agreement in Arizona v. California gave the Tribes the ability to re-assert control over land in California, south of Riverside Mountain.
In case documents, the disputed boundary litigation regarding the "validity, correctness or propriety of the Jan. 17, 1969 Order of the Secretary of the Interior, Western Boundary of the Colorado River Indian reservation."
The state of California did not agree with the 1969 Secretary of Interior's Executive Order. To date the boundary still is disputed.
In the 1980s, the White Mountain Apache Tribe did not renew leases on Hawley Lake. Lake residents tried to negotiate and litigation ensued, but the Apaches had the right not to renew leases. A similar situation happened on the Chemehuevi Reservation at Havasu Landing, Calif., leases were not renewed and lessees had to move out.
dr540havasu

Englewood, CO

#3 Jun 23, 2009
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