VIDEO: Session 3: Indigenous Water Justice

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (8th: 2016: Boulder, Colo.)



SESSION THREE: Indigenous Water Justice

3:15 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Introduction and Overview: Jason Robison, University of Wyoming

3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Indigenous Voices: Commentary and Open Dialogue with Audience

Moderator: Autumn Bernhardt, Colorado State University


Paul Lumley, Yakama Tribe Columbia River Intertribal Fishing Commission

D.R. Michel, Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Upper Columbia United Tribes

John Sirois, Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Upper Columbia United Tribes

Howard Dennis, Hopi Tribe

Nora McDowell, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Phil Duncan, Gomeroi Nation, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

Fred Hooper, Murrawarri Nation, Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations

Rene Woods, Nari Nari Nation, Murray-Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Synthesis of the Indigenous Water Justice Symposium

Moderator: Jason Robison, University of Wyoming


Columbia River Basin: Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho

Colorado River Basin: Dan McCool, University of Utah

Murray-Darling Basin: Sue Jackson, Griffith University


Autumn Bernhardt, Jason Robison

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Water scarcity is increasingly dominating headlines throughout the world. In the southwestern USA, the looming water shortages on the Colorado River system and the unprecedented drought in California are garnering the greatest attention. Similar stories of scarcity and crisis can be found across the globe, suggesting an opportunity for sharing lessons and innovations. For example, the Colorado River and Australia's Murray-Darling Basin likely can share many lessons, as both systems were over-allocated, feature multiple jurisdictions, face similar climatic risks and drought stresses, and struggle to balance human demands with environmental needs. In this conference we cast our net broadly, exploring several salient topics including: trans-boundary cooperation, water marketing, Indigenous water rights, environmental and social water needs, and drought coping.

This public event will be informed by three invitation-only meetings held immediately before the conference: an “Indigenous Water Justice” symposium; a “Social Dimensions of Environmental Water Management” workshop; and a “Drought Crises in Federations” symposium.

Session 3: Indigenous Water Justice.

Alternate Title

Indigenous Water Justice