Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims Symposium

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 25-27, 2015
Peppermill Hotel and Casino
Reno, Nevada

The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund will hold their fourteenth Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims on August 25-27, at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

The symposium will begin on Tuesday, August 25, at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with an evening reception.  Discussions will continue through the morning of August 26, followed by a review of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s settlement, a field trip to view the settlement features along the Truckee River, and a dinner hosted by the tribe at Pyramid Lake, 40 miles from Reno.  The symposium will conclude on August 27 at noon, after a morning discussion panel.  Each attendee will receive meeting materials.

Symposium Agenda


The Peppermill is holding guest rooms for the nights of August 24, 25, and 26 at two offered rates available on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are 50 rooms in the Peppermill North Tower at a rate of $59+ per night and 39 rooms in the Peppermill Tower at a rate of $89+ per night.  Please note an additional Peppermill Resort Fee of $15 per room per night will apply.  The Resort Fee includes internet (in public areas, sleeping rooms, and the Internet Café), complimentary business center access, incoming and outgoing faxes up to 5 pages, in-room coffee makers, use of the health club, pool, valet, access to the parking garage and surface parking, concierge, and shuttle service to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

To ensure you are able to secure a room in our block, you must provide the group code GWSW15.  Reservations may be made online or by calling (800) 282-2444.  Reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking, and room rates will be honored, based on availability on a first-come, first-served basis.  The goup cut-off date is July 23, 2015.  The hotel has no obligation to provide room nights beyond those contained in the room block, however they will honor the group rate for early arrivals and late departures up to three days based on availability.  Check-out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure.


Fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is located just 10 minutes from the Peppermill.  The Peppermill offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.  The hotel also has complimentary valet and self-parking, as well as on-site car rentals.


CLE accreditation through the State Bar of Nevada will be available for this program.  A Certificate of attendance and additional CLE materials will be available at the Symposium.


Received before July 17th               $250*
Received after July 17th                  $300*
At the door                                        $350*
*Registration fee includes materials, cultural event, continental breakfasts, breaks, and the reception.


You may register online and pay via credit card or pay pal.

To pay by check, money order, or purchase order (PO), please include your form of payment with the registration form(s) and mail it to the address listed below.   A 2015 registration form must be completed for each individual. The early registration deadline is July 17, 2015. 


Western States Water Council
Attn:  Julie Groat
5296 South Commerce Drive, Suite 202
Murray, UT  84107

For your reference, our Federal Tax ID number is 93-0551574.  If your agency uses an ACH electronic transfer, please note that we need the following information in order to credit your payment:  (1) contact name; (2) telephone number; and (3) attendee’s name.  You may also fax registration forms to (801) 685-2559.If you have any questions regarding registration fees or policies, please contact Julie Groat at (801) 685-2555, or by email at



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Materials from past conferences are available on the website of the National Indian Law Library.


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