WSWC-NARF 18th Biennial Indian Reserved Water Rights Symposium

The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund cosponsored a Symposium on the settlement of Indian reserved water rights claims on August 8-9, 2023.  The symposium was hosted virtually.  A number of topics were addressed by experts and participants regarding completed and ongoing negotiated settlements.  Successful symposia have been held since 1991.  Our abbreviated agenda will include presenters who have been involved in negotiated settlements representing tribal, state, local, and federal governments, interest groups, congressional staff, and others.   Continuing Legal Education Credit will be available for lawyers who attend.


Ad Hoc Group Who We Are
Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office Federal Teams
Settlements Approved by Congress
2023 Attendee List
CLE Certificate of Attendance
2023 Evaluation Form

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Administration’s Settlement Policy
Department of the Interior v. Navajo Nation, Arizona v. Navajo Nation

*Pamela Williams, Director, Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office

Tribal Perspectives
*Samantha Skenandore, Of Counsel, Quarles and Brady (Tule River)
*Ann Berkley Rodgers, Attorney, Chestnut Law Offices, P.A. (Acoma/Laguna)
*David Yepa, Attorney, New Mexico Law Group (Jemez/Zia)
*Joanne Harmon Curry, Partner, Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP
(Ft. Belknap Indian Community)

Coming Back to Congress: Technical and Other Fixes
*KeAloha Douma, Douma Law PLLC (White Mountain Apache)

Colorado River
*Nicole Klobas, Chief Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resources

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Negotiation and Settlement of Indian Water Rights Claims
Hualapai Tribe

*Mary Pavel, Partner, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP
*Jeff Heilman, Legal Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resources

Future Water Supply Planning and Climate Change
*Crystal Stiles, Tribal Engagement Coordinator, NOAA NIDIS

Water Management Tools for Drought
Colorado River Indian Tribes and Water Leasing

*Devin Rhinerson, Partner, PACE LLP

Western States Water Council Water Data Exchange (WestDAAT)
*Tony Willardson, Executive Director, WSWC


Aug 08 - 09 2023


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Western States Water Council


Western States Water Council

Other Organizers

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

The event is finished.