The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund held their sixteenth biennial Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims on August 13-15, 2019. The meetings were held at the Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Funner, California.

AGENDA
PACKET MATERIALS

PRESENTATIONS:

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

WESTERN WATER LAW AND INDIAN RESERVED WATER RIGHTS: A PRIMER
Norm Johnson, Natural Resources Division Director, Utah Attorney General’s Office

NEGOTIATION OF INDIAN WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS: THE BASICS
Gathering Background Information and the Role of Technicians in Negotiations
Jerry Lunak, Acting Director, Water Resources Department, Blackfeet Tribe
Doug Oellerman, Supervisory Civil Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation

WATER PLANNING: SCARCITY AND COLLABORATION
Kenneth Slowinski, Chief Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Leslie Meyers, Phoenix Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation
Kevin Moran, Senior Director, Western Water, Environmental Defense Fund

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

THE ADMINISTRATION’S SETTLEMENT POLICY
→ Alan Mikkelsen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior for Water and Western Resource Issues, Department of the Interior and Pam Williams, Director, Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office, Department of the Interior

RESPONSE PANEL
Neil Peyron, Chairman, Tule River Tribal Council

FILM: San Luis Rey Indian Water Rights Settlement – “Once There Was a River”  

DESCRIPTION OF THE SAN LUIS REY INDIAN WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT
Joe Vanderhorst, Assist. General Counsel, Metropolitan Water District of So. California

Thursday, August 15, 2019

SETTLEMENT IMPLEMENTATION: IMPACTS OF POLICY CHANGES
Shalee Russette, Project Manager, Chippewa Cree Construction Corp and Deon Stockert, Client Program Leader, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services

SETTLEMENT LEGISLATION: GETTING BILLS THROUGH CONGRESS
Congressional Outlook for Indian Water Rights Settlements
Matthew Muirragui, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, House Natural Resources Committee