Summit Agenda

Thursday, October 25th

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Introductions and Welcome

Governor Stephen R. Lewis, GRIC

Lt. Governor Robert Stone, GRIC

Mike Connor, WilmerHale


9:15-10:45 The Voice of TRibes in Regional Water Issues

This session will provide a nationwide perspective on Tribal water, with perspectives from different geographic regions, different challenges faced, and major developments of the past decade. What are some of the major regional developments?  How have Tribes been involved?  How have Tribes been a leading stakeholder for these broader issues?

Topics and Speakers:

Colorado River Basin Planning         Daryl Vigil, Ten Tribes Coalition

Columbia Basin Fisheries                Aja DeCoteau, CRITFC (Columbia River Fisheries)

Oklahoma Water Governance          Stephan Greetham, Chickasaw Nation

Discussion Moderator                    Mike Connor, WilmerHale


10:45-11:00 BREAK


11:00-12:30 The Role of Tribes in The Colorado RIver Basin

The Colorado River Basin is home to 29 federally recognized tribes. Through a facilitated discussion, this panel will provide an overview of tribal water rights in the basin; examine current problems relative to the historic drought; and highlight the past, present, and future roles of tribes in balancing water demand and supply through a variety of cooperative arrangements. The panel is being organized by Daryl Vigil (Ten Tribes Coalition) and Matt McKinney (University of Montana) and will include 3-4 people representing tribal and other interests.

12:30-2:00 Break & Lunch (Provided)


2:15-3:45 Working in the Region and Watershed

Tribes have critical roles in their watersheds as water users, water rights holders, and water supply managers. Tribes drive, and are affected by, policies and practices in the watershed whether these are from states, local governments, or the federal government.  This session will explore some of the ways that Tribes have worked within their watersheds to resolve watershed-scale problems, from over-allocation in the West to water quality and eutrophication of reservoirs in the east.

Topics and Speakers:

Using Markets for Tribal Water        B.J. Enos, GRIC Councilman

Cooperation and Conflict                Don Gentry, Klamath Chairman

Regional Water Supply Planning      Tom Ring, Yakama Nation

Discussion Moderator                    Martin Doyle, Nicholas School at Duke University


6:30-9:00 Reception and DInner

Governor Stephen R. Lewis, GRIC


Friday, October 26th

8:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 What Approaches are Tribal Water Departments Taking?

This session will go into some details of what specific actions some Tribal water departments have taken for their own water management challenges. What are some of the primary challenges that Tribes have faced for on-Reservation water management? What are some solutions that have emerged? In addition, best practices for implementing water settlement agreements will be discussed.

Topics and Speakers:

Monitoring & Enhancement                David Haire, Umatilla Tribe

Implementing Settlement Programs    Dave Dejong, Pima Irrigation Project

Funding Tribal Water Programs           Spence Ward, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Discussion Moderator                      Katosha Nakai, CAP Tribal Liaison


10:30-10:45 BreaK


10:45-12:15 Enforcing and Protecting Tribal Water Rights

Water settlements aim to provide a clarity on water rights issues, but Tribes often find that they must be proactive in protecting and enforcing the water rights gained through settlement. This panel will explore contemporary litigation cases and conflicts in which Tribes seek to protect water rights.

Topics and Speakers:

Water Rights Litigation Update            Ed Goodman, Hobbs Straus

Globe Equity Decree                          Tom Murphy, GRIC In-House Counsel

Planning for Sustainability               Juliet McKenna, Montgomery & Associates

Discussion Moderator                        Jason Hauter, Akin Gump


12:15-1:30 Lunch


Conference Adjourns


Please register for the summit by October 15th, 2018.  There is a cost of $285/person.