University of Arizona
Water Resources Research Center
2015 Annual Conference
June 9-10, 2015
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Chandler, Arizona
Tuesday, June 9 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Registration and Light Luncheon
Traditional Prayer and Blessing
Robert Stone; District Five Council Representative; Gila River Indian Community
Sharon Megdal, Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
Shane Burgess, Vice President, University of Arizona / Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Stephen Lewis, Governor, Gila River Indian Community
Keynote Speaker: John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
Arizona water issues from a tribal perspective video
The Nature of Tribal Water Rights. Tribal representatives will discuss the history and future of negotiating Native American water rights in Arizona.
Rod Lewis, Gila River Indian Community
Margaret Vick, Water Attorney (Havasupai and Colorado River Indian Tribes) video
Jason Hauter, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump video
Katherine Verburg, Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Dept. of Interior
Tribal Water Successes and Challenges. Highlights of tribal water successes and challenges will be discussed by a panel of Arizona tribal water management leaders.
Moderator: Dennis Patch, Chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes video
Jason John, Navajo Department of Water Resources video
Cheryl Pailzote, White Mountain Apache Department of Water Resources
Bucky Preston, Hopi Water Issues Expert
Keynote Speaker: Ofelia Zepeda, Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona. Native American poetry reading. video
Wednesday, June 10 – 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Traditional Prayer and Blessing
Tim Terry, Gila River Indian Community
Senator Carlyle Begay, Arizona State Legislature, District 7 video
Spiritual and Ceremonial Views of Water. Panelists will reflect on how tribes relate to water in songs and offerings, and how water is respected in indigenous communities.
Herman T.J. Laffoon, Colorado River Indian Tribes video
Vincent Randall, Yavapai Apache Tribe video
Keynote Speaker: David DeJong, Director of the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project and author of “Forced to Abandon our Fields, the Agricultural History of the Gila River Indian Community"
An Indigenous History of Agriculture at Gila River: A Look to the Past. video
Tribal Riparian Restoration In Arizona. Arizona tribes have a long history of restoring native riparian areas. Tribal representatives will discuss current efforts in riparian restoration.
Pete Bungart, Hualapai Tribe video
Luncheon, Recognizing 10th Anniversary of Arizona Water Settlements Act, Public Law 108-451
Arizona Groundwater, A Precious Resource. Tribal water professionals will discuss management decisions related to groundwater, diversifying water portfolios with groundwater recharge.
Karletta Chief, University of Arizona video
Nicole Horseherder, Navajo Activist and To’ Nizhoni Ani’ video
The Next Generation of Tribal Water Use: Our Youth Represent the Future. Panelists will discuss current tribal programs developed to engage youth in traditional agricultural practices.
Karen Francis Begay, University of Arizona video
Stetson Mendoza, Gila River Indian Community
Clifford Pablo, Tohono O’odham Community College
Keynote Speaker: Harry Walters, Navajo Historian. Water Culture of Indigenous Communities in the Arid Southwest: A Look Forward video
Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future. Panelists will discuss how past lessons can be applied to successfully manage water supplies within and beyond Arizona.
Katosha Nakai, Central Arizona Project video
Rod Lewis, Gila River Indian Community video
Ann Marie Chischilly, Northern Arizona University
Tony Skrelunas, Grand Canyon Trust video
Closing Comments, Traditional Prayer and Blessing
Barnaby Lewis, Gila River Indian Community