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                                            APRIL 24-25, 2013

The California Tribal Water Summit Design Team, in partnership with California Department of Water Resources, convened the second statewide California Tribal Water Summit on April 24-25, 2013 at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference in Sacramento. The theme of the summit is "California Indigenous Rights, Uses and Management of Water and Land: Leveraging the strengths and resources of Tribal, State and Federal agencies through collaboration." The summit showcased three topics: tribal ecological knowledge; indigenous rights to water; and water management and land use with featured keynote speakers including the Governor's Tribal Adviser, Cynthia Gomez.

thumbnail-cover-Tribal Water Summit Proceedings 2013

Tribal Water Summit Proceedings 2013 (4 MB, .pdf) If you would like a hard copy, please email your request to emily.alejandrino@water.ca.gov

Guiding Principles and Statement of Goals for Implementation
revised 11.15.13 (.pdf)

Toggle Image DAY 1
Video recording Day 1: http://cawater.rmxpres.com/webcast/data/dwr04242013/main.htm






Agenda (.pdf)
Program (.pdf)


Opening Prayer



Welcome and Introductions

Guiding Principles and Statement of Goals for Implementation (.pdf)

John Laird, Secretary,
Natural Resources Agency

Dale Hoffman-Floerke, Director, Department of Water Resources


Summit Overview

Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager,
Statewide Integrated Water Resources, Department of Water Resources | Presentation (.pdf)

John Covington, Water Department Manager, Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Ron Goode, Chairman, North Fork Mono Tribe


Tribal Ecological Knowledge
The goal of this session is to foster greater respect and understanding of tribal ecological knowledge and its value in resource management efforts by:

  • Showing the interconnectedness of tribal ecological knowledge in federal, state, and local resource management programs;
  • Highlighting examples of collaboration with Tribes where tribal ecological knowledge is respected and validated; and

Discussing applications where tribal and native science ensures successful water and land stewardship.

TEK Diagram (.pdf)

Moderator: Ron Goode, Chairman, North Fork Mono Tribe

Dr. Don Hankins, Associate Professor, California State University, Chico | Presentation (.pdf)

Sage LaPena, Water Resource Coordinator, Hopland Pomo Tribal  EPA

Michael Connelly, (Kumeyaay), President, Laguna Resources Services, Inc. | Presentation (.pdf)

Frankie Jo Myers & Ruthie Maloney, Yurok Tribe

Dr. Frank Lake, Research Ecologist, United States Forest Service | Presentation (.pdf)

Leaf Hillman, Environmental Policy Director, Karuk Tribe

12:15 pm

Lunch Service



Tribal Use in Marine Protected Areas: North Coast Perspectives
Luncheon Panel
Four panelists who were directly involved in each step of the process will focus their presentations on these topics:

  • Overview of the Marine Life Protection Act process in the North Coast
    -- Steps in the development of the North Coast’s new     
    MPAs, in particular the pivotal Tribal role
    -- Lessons learned for effectively engaging Tribes in
    planning & implementing marine protection
  • Potential for paradigm shift in relations between Tribes and resource agencies

Ken Wiseman, Executive Director, Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (Natural Resources Agency)

Hawk Rosales, Executive Director, InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council

Atta P. Stevenson, President, California Indian Water Commission

Stephen Kullmann, Environmental Director, Wiyot Tribe | Presentation (.pdf)


Plenary Speaker

Heather Whiteman-Runs-Him, Native American Rights Fund | Presentation (.pdf)


Indigenous Rights to Water
This topic is intended to set the context, focusing on broader issues of the relationships between Tribes and water. This discussion frames issues of:

  • Protecting all waters that support physical and cultural continuation;
  • Discussing tribal rights to and use of water;
  • Sustaining traditional practices, resources and access; and
  • Supporting habitat and ecological health.

Moderator: Doug Garcia, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Mervyn George, Sr., Hoopa Valley Tribe

Aaron Dixon, Susanville Indian Rancheria

Donna Vasquez, Chairperson, Bishop Paiute Tribal Environmental Protection Agency, Bishop Paiute Tribe

Lois Conner Bohna, North Fork Mono Tribe | Presentation (.pdf)

Scott Williams, Berkey Williams LLP





Indigenous Rights to Water Discussion

  • Q&A relating to Panel
  • Discussion

Panel and Dignitaries


Recap and Preview of Next Day






Poster Session and Reception


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Video recording Day 2: http://cawater.rmxpres.com/webcast/data/dwr04252013/main.htm




8:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration



Welcome and Introductions

Agenda (.pdf)
Program (.pdf)


Recap of Day 1

Paula Britton, Environmental Director, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake | Presentation (.pdf)


Plenary Speaker

Felicia Marcus, Board Chair, State Water Resources Control Board


Watershed Management and Land Use
This session focuses on integrating aspects of Tribal ecological knowledge and indigenous water rights into:

  • Local, regional and statewide watershed planning and projects, and
  • External water projects that define and affect Tribal communities, homelands and trust lands.

Moderators: Paula Britton, Environmental Director, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake & Tim Nelson, Department of Water Resources

Stephanie Suess, Environmental Program Manager, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indian | Presentation (.pdf)

Alan Bacock, Water Program, Coordinator,Big Pine Paiute Tribe | Presentation (.pdf)

John Flores, Water Manager, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians | Presentation (.pdf)
Nathan Vogeli,  Yurok Tribe

Erica Helms-Shenk, Environmental Director, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians | Presentation (.pdf)

Chuck Striplen, Associate Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute


Lunch Service

Cynthia Gomez, Tribal Advisor, Office of the Governor | Presentation (.pdf)


Tribal Leader and Agency Decision-Maker Working Session
All participants will take the discussions and lessons learned from Summit sessions and identify primary objectives to implement the goals expressed, and develop a framework to achieve next steps.


Guiding Principles and Statement of Goals for Implementation (.pdf)


Report Outs



Concluding Remarks

Ron Goode, Chairman, North Fork Mono Tribe


Closing Prayer





Toggle Image TWS Evaluation
bullet feather We would like to hear your thoughts about the Tribal Water Summit. You input will assist us in planning for future Summit meetings. You can view the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013TWSEvaluation
bullet feather During the working session of the Tribal Water Summit, the following Next Steps and Related Actions were recommended to achieve the Goals.  These are not an exhaustive list of next steps needed to achieve these goals but first steps in an ongoing discussion.

If you believe additional Next Steps are necessary to achieving the stated Goals and you are interested in committing resources to achieving these actions, are already working on projects to achieve these items, or are interested in participating or assisting in any of the actions or items listed below; please contact Emily Alejandrino by email at emily.alejandrino@water.ca.gov, or by phone at 916-651-9276.  You may also contact Stephanie Lucero by email at lucero.stephanie@gmail.com

Toggle Image Ongoing Efforts

bullet featherQuestions or Comments, please contact Tribal Water Summit Planning Team members:

Ron Goode

John Covington

Emily Alejandrino
CA Water Plan Tribal Liaison

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