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May 18, 2002 - Issue 61


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Pine Ridge, SD - The Oglala Lakota Nation along with other Tribes across the United States are co- sponsoring a conference to address Indian water rights issues. The conference will be dedicated to the memory of noted Indian Water Rights expert William H. Veeder. Mr. Veeder, a Washington D.C. attorney, who passed away in December of 1999, devoted over 60 years of his legal career to helping Indian Tribes across the United States to protect and preserve their valuable Indian Winters rights to the use of water.

The conference will be held in Billings, Montana on July 17-18, 2002. Plans for this memorial conference began when Indian Tribes in the Missouri River Basin realized that there was an urgent need to educate Tribal leaders and grass roots people on the importance of this highly controversial issue. According to Frank Means, Oglala Sioux Tribal Councilman, "Indians are being planned out of existence. Indians need to become educated and organized or our water rights will be quantified and placed under state control."

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a prominent environmental attorney, will be the keynote speaker. Other invited speakers include authors John Lawson, "Dammed Indians"; John Shurts, "Indian Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Doctrine in its Social and Legal Context, 1880's-1930's"; Norris Hundley, "Winters Doctrine"; Tribal leaders and attorneys from Canada, the Northwest, Southwest and Great Plains region. William H. Veeder, II and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., will be honored at a ceremony that will be held during the conference.

The Missouri River, which will be one of many topics discussed, has been the source of controversy between Tribes and upstream and downstream states. It is the only remaining river system in the United States that has not been fully appropriated. The average annual steamflow of this historic river with zero depletion is 28,538,200 acre-feet. An acre-foot of water equals 325,900 gallons and will cover one acre of land with 12 inches of water.

Findings of a 1979 study indicated that the annual water requirements of Great Sioux Nation Tribes in North and South Dakota would total approximately 13,483,238 acre-feet of Missouri River water. That's almost half of the annual flow of the river. Mike Watson, an engineer who conducted this study stated, "Water from the Missouri River generates millions of dollars annually from hydropower at six-mainstream dams. The production of hydropower utilizes unquantified Indian Winters rights and Tribes who own legal rights to the use of Missouri River water do not receive any type of benefit." Mr. Watson has extensive knowledge and experience in water management issues and has been involved in water rights litigation as an expert witness.

For information about the conference you may contact Mr. Frank Means 685-5607 / 867-1255 (605) email: or Ms. Mary Hoof, Water Resources Department Director for the Oglala Sioux Tribe at 867-5918 (605) email: .

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Old Town, Alexandria non-profit representing our nation's tribal colleges and universities seeks assistant to the Director of Federal Relations in advancing the American Indian Tribal Colleges. Job includes assisting with the development and implementation of current and new federal higher education, health policy and environmental initiatives and tracking regulatory and budget policy developments.

Successful candidate must have a Bachelor's degree, some regulatory and/or legislative experience, excellent research, organizational, computer and writing skills and the ability to meet deadlines. Preference will be given to individuals who have experience working with tribal organizations or in American Indian policy.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Fax cover letter with salary requirement and resume to: Program Associate, ATTN: SAB at 703.838.0388 or via email to

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