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Water districts challenge judge in Navajo settlement

Water districts challenge judge in Navajo settlement

The Associated Press
February 27, 2018 01:37 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Water districts in northern New Mexico are seeking to disqualify a judge and overturn a major water settlement award to the Navajo Nation.

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A motion filed Monday with the New Mexico state Court of Appeals seeks to disqualify James Wechsler as the presiding judge in the San Juan Basin water rights adjudication for failing to disclose prior legal work on behalf of the Navajo Nation.

The court challenge from more than 20 community water districts highlights Wechsler's work in the 1970s for DNA Legal Services and describes DNA as an extension of the Navajo Nation. DNA Legal Services is an independent, nonprofit law firm that at times has been at odds with tribal government.

The motion filed by attorney Victor Marshall seeks to invalidate San Juan River water rights.

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