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Join us for a one day conference to reflect on the impact of the dam-building era on the Columbia Basin with a focus on the Hells Canyon dams.  We will discuss ways to modernize the Columbia River Treaty as we seek to establish a water ethic as foundational for resolving international water conflicts.

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 8:45 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Boise State University – Student Union Building

RSVP by March 9:  TO REGISTER  (Conference is free, and lunch is provided)


Ethics, Hells Canyon Dams, and the Columbia River Treaty

8:00     Registration

8:45     Welcome & Introduction

  • Welcome – TONY ROARK, Dean, BSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Invocation
  • Introduction – JOHN OSBORN, Ethics and Treaty Project co-coordinator

9:30     Rivers of Our Moment

  • CHARLOTTE RODRIQUE, Burns-Paiute Tribal Chairwoman
  • MARTIN WELLS, Bishop, Eastern Washington-Idaho Lutheran Synod
——–  10:15 Break  ——–

10:30     Rivers Through Our Memory

  • SILAS WHITMAN, Nez Perce Tribal elder
  • PAULINE TERBASKET, Okanagan Nation Alliance executive director
  • TED HOWARD, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes cultural resources director
11:30 Audience Q and A (to all morning speakers)

———  12:15  Lunch (provided) ———

1:15     Rivers of Our Vision

Focus:  Columbia River Treaty

  • LEOTIS MCCORMACK, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee
  • ADAM WICKS-ARSHACK, Voyages of Rediscovery

2:00     Focus:  Upper Snake and Hells Canyon Dams

  • DANNY STONE, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, staff scientist
  • SAMMY MATSAW, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, native scientist
2:45 Audience Q and A


3:10     Rivers as Our Responsibility

  • RABBI DANIEL FINK, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, Boise
4:00 Adjourn
  • Pei-Lin Yu, BSU Department of Anthropology (morning sessions)
  • Pat Ford (afternoon sessions)


Conference Sponsors:

Boise State University: Departments of Anthropology, Political Science, & the School of Public Service · Center for Environmental Law & Policy · The Interfaith Alliance · Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation · Columbia Institute for Water Policy · Idaho Rivers United  · Idaho Conservation League · Idaho and Eastern Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America · Upper Columbia United Tribes · Idaho Chapter, Sierra Club

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