Since 1991, the Native American Rights Fund and the Western States Water Council have sponsored a biennial symposium to discuss the settlement of Indian reserved water rights claims.
August 8-10, 2017
Great Falls, Montana
The Western States Water Council and the Native American Rights Fund will hold their fifteenth biennial Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims on August 8-10, at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana. A number of topics will be addressed by experts and participants regarding completed and ongoing negotiated settlements.
Agenda Topics Include:
• NEGOTIATION OF INDIAN WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS
• ROLE OF GROUNDWATER IN SETTLEMENTS
• DESCRIPTION OF THE BLACKFEET NATION’S WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT
• THE ADMINISTRATION’S SETTLEMENT POLICY
• GETTING SETTLEMENT LEGISLATION THROUGH CONGRESS
Draft Agenda (updated 7/12/2017)
The Best Western Plus Heritage Inn is holding a block of guest rooms for the nights of August 7-9. To ensure you receive the group’s nightly room rate of $91 (single or double), you must request the Western States Water Council group when making a reservation. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (406) 761-1900. The group cut-off date for our room block is July 17. Reservations thereafter are subject to availability at the time of booking, and prevailing room rates.
The Great Falls International Airport is located less than 5 miles from the Best Western Heritage Inn. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Air service and rental cars are also available at Billings (217 miles); Bozeman (178 miles); Butte (155 Miles); Helena (90 miles); Kalispell (215 miles); and Missoula (171 miles).
REGISTRATION: Please fill out a registration form for each person attending! Advance registration by July 31 is recommended. To register and pay on-line, please visit the Western States Water Council website. Or, you can download a registration form to mail in.
Materials from past conferences are available on the website of the National Indian Law Library.
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