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2012-12-17

Tribal Water Rights in California - A Comprehensive Conference

Law Seminars International Presents:
A Comprehensive Conference on

TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA

New legal and policy developments, sovereignty, settlements, resources and opportunities

March 4 & 5, 2013
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, Tribal, local, state and federal governmental representatives, enviromental professionals, business executives, water users and their representatives

Why You Should Attend

Tribal water rights have become an increasingly important consideration in many water planning and resource allocation decisions in California at both the local and state level. This is especially so in water-scarce areas of California, where the primary source of water is groundwater and the Tribes' Winters Doctrine reserved rights, as well as water rights protected under state law, must be taken into account. Tribal reserved water rights with early priority dates have also been at the forefront in a number of federal and state licensing and resource allocation proceedings in which federally-protected fishing rights dependent on adequate stream flows for their exercise are involved, as in the Klamath, Trinity and Eel River Basins. Because most of these Tribal water rights remain unquantified, the past approach has often been to simply ignore them until challenged by the Tribes or the United States. It is only recently that the state and local governments and water agencies have begun to acknowledge that recognition of Tribal water rights is essential to the development of effective policies for water resource protection, development and allocation in many areas of California.

This conference will present an overview of the federal law governing Tribal water rights, as well as Tribal water rights protected under state law. The conference will also examine alternatives for Tribes to consider for use and development of these rights, whether held under state or federal law, including recommendations for changes in state law that would recognize the increasingly important role that Tribes and Tribal water rights play in both Tribal and local water planning decisions. Finally, the conference will explore ways in which Tribes, local governments and water agencies can work together to ensure an adequate and sustained supply of water for mutually beneficial uses into the future.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Colin Cloud Hampson, Esq. of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP and Stephen V. Quesenberry, Esq. of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

What You Will Learn

• The basics of Indian reserved water rights
• Case studies of recent and attempted settlements, of disputes over Tribal water rights
• Federal programs and resources for addressing water issues
• When should a Tribe focus on federal rights or choose better options under state law?
• Issues arising under the California Marine Life Protection Act
• Tribal surface water use and minimum stream flows
• Groundwater: Too many straws pulling water from an aquifer
• Tribal participation in California's Water Plan Update 2013



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