August 11, 2016

Sho Ban Hotel & Events Center
Fort Hall, ID

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Water Resources Department is hosting a one-day workshop on Tribal water issues, focused on water rights, and the marketing of water rights to create Tribal benefits. Topics of the day will include:

  • Tribal water rights management, from settlement to fully-functioning water resources departments
  • Contemporary issues in securing Tribal water rights and achieving equitable settlements
  • Success stories of Tribes marketing their water rights
  • Perspectives on the future of Tribal water marketing in the Western U.S.

The workshop will provide valuable information and an opportunity to have an open dialogue on important water topics in Indian Country. The workshop will take place during the annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, providing an opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Planned Agenda

Morning – Water Rights and Water Management
9:00 – Introductions and Welcome
9:30 – Building Tribal Water Resources Departments
Elese Teton, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Larry Blacksmith, Crow Nation
Jim Manion, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
11:00 – Contemporary Issues in Tribal Water Rights
Woldezion Mesghinna, NRCE
11:30 – Q&A and Discussion on Tribal water rights and management
12:00 – Break & Lunch (Provided)
Afternoon – Water Marketing and Economic Development
1:00 – Examples of Tribal Water Marketing
Elese Teton, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Another Tribal water marketing story
2:30 – Future of Tribal Water Marketing & Water Development
Brett Bovee, WestWater Research
3:00 – Q&A and Discussion on Tribal water marketing
3:30 – Concluding Remarks

Download the full Agenda

Please register for the workshop by July 1, 2016.  There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration helps us plan the event. To register, please fill out the form below.

Water Rights Workshop Registration

  • The workshop is intended to provide a unique opportunity for those interested in Tribal water rights issues to share questions and ideas in an open forum. The Q&A portion of the workshop will benefit from questions and comments from workshop participants. Please provide 3 topics or questions that you would like to have addressed at the workshop in the fields below.

Contact Information

For any questions or inquiries about this workshop, please contact the Tribal Water Resources Department:
Elese Teton – (208) 239-4580
Gail Martin – (208) 239-4583

Travel & Lodging

The workshop will be held at the Sho Ban Hotel & Events Center in Fort Hall, Idaho. A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at a discounted price for the workshop. Please visit the website for additional travel and lodging information. The Sho Ban Hotel can be reached at (208) 238-4800.

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~15 min

Idaho Falls
~37 min

Salt Lake City
~2 h 31 min

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