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  The California Tribal Water Summit Planning Team, in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), is convening a statewide California Tribal Water Summit on November 4 and 5 at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. The Tribal Water Summit Planning Team consists of over 30 tribal leaders and members and staff, as well as representatives from state agencies, and together we are designing and hosting the Summit. The theme of the Summit is "Protect Our Sacred Water." The Summit will provide an opportunity for the highest Tribal and State government officials to explore common interests, discuss policy issues, identify solutions, and promote dialogue among agencies and programs responsible for water resources management in California. A desired outcome is a "roadmap" with strategies for preserving Native water rights and providing for the sustainable management of California's sacred waters.

California Tribal Water Summit Proceedings (.pdf, 7.2 MB)
(includes Highlights and updated Recommended Actions)

Tribal Water Summit - Day 1 Highlights (.pdf, 0.4 MB)
Tribal Water Summit - Day 2 Highlights (.pdf, 0.4 MB)
Recommended Actions for Addressing CA Tribal Water Issues (.pdf, 224 kb)
(Recommenations from the California Tribal Water Summit, Summit Evaluations, Regional Plenary Meetings, and the Summit Planning Team; updated recommendations are found in the full California Tribal Water Summit Proceedings above.)

A new book devoted to Tribal Water Stories is now available for downloading.  The book educates people throughout California about the essential connections between California Native American Tribes and water.
, 30 MB
Tribal Water Stories
(in 3 parts),
Video's Table of Contents

Part 1
(.wmv, 38 MB)
Part 2 (.wmv, 38 MB)
Part 3 ( .wmv, 135 MB)

Click on plus sign below to expand or plus sign to collapse information.

Toggle Image 1) Invitations to Tribes and State Agencies
-- Secretary Chrisman's Invitation to CA Native American Tribal Leaders (.pdf, 1 MB)
Secretary Chrisman extended a written invitation to all Tribes on the California Native American Heritage Commission's Tribal contacts list.
-- Planning Team's Invitation to CA Native American Tribal Leaders (.pdf, 203 kb)
-- Secretary Chrisman's Interagency Letter (.pdf, 1.5 MB )
Twenty-one agencies and departments are represented on the California Water Plan Update 2009 State Agency Steering Committee.  Secretary Chrisman extended invitation letters to the all the Secretaries represented on the Steering Committee, and by extension to their respective departments. 
        Secretaries include:
      - Secretary Linda Adams (Environmental Protection Agency),
      - Secretary Karen Baker (Secretary of Service and Volunteering),
      - Secretary Kimberly Belshe (Health and Human Services Agency),
      - Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen (Emergency Management Agency),
      - Secretary Dale Bonner (Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency),
      - Director Cynthia Bryant (Governor's Office of Planning and Research),
      - Secretary A.G. Kawamura (Department of Food and Agriculture),
      - Mr. Michael Peevey (President, Public Utilities Commission), and
      - Mr. Paul Thayer (Executive Officer, State Lands Commission).
For a diagram showing the agencies and the respective departments represented on the Steering Committee, please click here .

-- Notice to CA Legisaltive Leaders (.pdf, 2.2 MB)

-- Notice to Representatives of the Federal Government (.pdf, 231 kb)
This is the notice circulated by Planning Team members to their Federal agency and Congressional contacts.

-- Summit Agenda (.pdf, 578 kb)
-- List of Planning Team Members (.pdf, 174 kb)
-- Summit Flyer (.pdf, 324 kb)
-- Overview of Summit Planning Effort (.pdf, 387 kb)
-- Tribal Water Summit Program (.pdf, 6.8 MB)
Toggle Image 2) Date, Location, and Accommodations
Date:  Wednesday and Thursday, November 4 and 5, 2009
Location:  Radisson Hotel Sacramento
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento CA 95815
Phone: 800.333.3333/ 916.922.2020
Parking is complimentary.

Overnight Accommodations:
A discounted group rate of $84 plus tax is being offered at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento until October 15, 2009 or based on availability. To receive the discounted group rate, please call the hotel directly at 800.333.3333 or 916. 922.2020 and mention you are attending the California Tribal Water Summit 2009.  If you encounter any difficulties please contact Judie Talbot, with the Center for Collaborative Policy, at 775.720.0214 or talbot.judie@gmail.com   Check-in at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento is 4:00pm and check-out is at 12:00pm.
Toggle Image 3) Registration and Scholarships
Registration is free and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and a dinner!  However space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!   Registration is required and based on availability.  In the event that the venue's maximum capacity is reached, Tribal chairpersons and council members will be given priority.
To register (or to register and apply for a scholarship to attend) please visit the Summit registration website :  http://www.cce.csus.edu/ctws09 and click on the Register tab in the left-hand column.
Toggle Image 4) Summit Briefing Papers and Position Papers
The Briefing Papers are intended to provide a foundation for discussions at the Summit.  They are intended to describe Tribal water issues in California from a Native perspective.  They are not intended to propose or recommend solutions, but rather to spark discussion and encourage participating Tribes to develop Position Papers for the Summit. 

The Position Papers are where Tribes are invited to express their individual perspective and position on Tribal water issues, including solutions and ways of addressing these issues.  All California Native American Tribes are invited to submit Position Papers in advance of the Summit to Chairman Ron Goode, North Fork Mono Tribe, 13396 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93619-9703 or by email at eagleeye@cvip.net   or to Barbara Cross, Government and Community Liaison, Office of the Director, California Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001 or by email at bcross@water.ca.gov

Please click on the following links to download the briefing papers currently available:

Briefing Papers

  1. Water as Sacred  (.pdf, 121 kb)
  2. Rivers, Dams, and Fish  (.pdf, 44 kb)
  3. Watersheds (.pdf, 323 kb)
  4. Tribal Water Rights - Paper 1   (.pdf, 107 kb)
  5. Tribal Water Rights - Paper 2 (.pdf, 69 kb)
  6. Institutions/Legal/Agency (.pdf, 110 kb)

Position Papers

  1. Hoopa Valley Tribe Position Paper (.pdf, 28 kb)
  2. North Fork Mono Tribe Position Paper (.pdf, 3.0 MB)
  3. Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Position Paper (.pdf, 55 kb)
Toggle Image 5) Summit Sponsorship
The Summit is the result of a collaborative effort between California Native American Tribes, California State Agencies, the Federal Government, and Tribal and non-Tribal organizations.  We still need your help!  Contributions to the Summit will help make it possible for more Tribes to participate.  Please click on the following link to make a donation:  Donation Form (.pdf, 890 kb).

The Planning Team is proud to identify the following sponsors of the 2009 California Tribal Water Summit:

  • California Department of Water Resources - Mountain Sponsor
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians - Salmon Sponsor
  • Seventh Generation Fund - Salmon Sponsor
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy - Salmon Sponsor
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Salmon Sponsor
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians - Acorn Sponsor
  • Tubatulabals of Kern Valley - Acorn Sponsor
  • Redding Rancheria - Acorn Sponsor
  • Sempra Energy Utilities - Acorn Sponsor
  • Ione Bank of Miwok Indians - Acorn Sponsor
  • US Bureau of Reclamation - Acorn Sponsor
  • Laguna Resource Services, Inc. - Acorn Sponsor

    A Mountain Sponsor has contributed $20,000 or more to the Summit, Eagle is $10,000 to $19,999, Salmon is $5,000 to $9,999, and Acorn is $1,000 to $4,999)

    In addition, the following Tribes and Tribal Organizations have expressed their support:
    • Shasta Indian Nation
    • Suscol Intertribal Council
    • Inter-Tribal Council of California
    Davis-King & Associates Heritage Resources Management is providing Summit attendees with a metal water bottle to remind people to think about where water comes from, why we should avoid plastic bottles, and to provide a clean and healthy alternative to drinking water containers.
Toggle Image 6) Tribal Water Stories
The Planning Team initiated a Tribal Water Stories project in 2008.  The purpose of the project is to provide all California Native American Tribes with an opportunity to tell a story about how they have been connected with water in the past and continue to be connected with water in the present.  The Planning Team invites you to submit a story for your Tribe, Tribal community, Tribal organization, or yourself as a Tribal person as soon as possible.  The stories will be part of a dedicated exhibit at the Summit, and also be the focus of the evening banquet on November 4, 2009.  The shape and content of the story are entirely up to you.  Five examples are available for download here, along with the original invitation letter that went out in 2008.  All stories will also be included as part of the Summit proceedings and part of the California Water Plan Update 2009, and help to educate thousands of State agency officials, water district managers, non-profit organizers, and members of the public throughout California.

Please submit in advance your story to Chairman Ron Goode, North Fork Mono Tribe, 13396 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93619-9703 or by email at eagleeye@cvip.net   or to Barbara Cross, Government and Community Liaison, Office of the Director, California Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001 or by email at bcross@water.ca.gov .  If it is not possible to submit the story in advance, you are welcome to bring them to the Summit on November 4-5, or mail them as soon as possible.  They will be included with the proceedings of the Summit.

Invitation Letter (.pdf, 1 MB)

1) North Fork Mono Tribe (.pdf, 2.7 MB)
2) Tubatulabals of Kern Valley (.pdf, 161 kb)
3) Shasta Indian Nation (.pdf, 244 kb)
4) Tolowa Indian Tribe (.pdf, 103 kb)
5) Individual submission by Atta Stevenson (.pdf, 7 kb)
6) Panamint Valley Shoshone (.pdf, 37 kb)
7) Hopland Band of Pomo Indians (.pdf, 55 kb)

Streaming video of the Tribal Water Summit discussions and keynote speeches is now available online, in two parts:
Day 1
Day 2

Due to their duration (each video is over 6 hours), videos are considerably compressed to allow for online streaming.  Also due to duration, a menu for navigating to specific parts of the video is not available; however, you can pause the video to take a break, and then start from that point later on.

Questions or Comments about Tribal Communication:
Attn: Barbara Cross
Government & Community Liason
Office of the Director
California Department of Water Resources
PO Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Fax: 916-651-9289
Phone: 916-653-5150
Email: bcross@water.ca.gov

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