Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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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.  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.

Click here to download Ethics & the Treaty poster


TUESDAY,   MAY 13, 2014     8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY     Cataldo Hall - Globe Room


Conference is free, and lunch is provided

Contact John Osborn or 509.939.1290


8:00     Registration


8:30     Drumming

            Welcome from Spokane Tribal Council Member, Matt Wynne

            Introduction and Overview  Tom Soeldner, John Osborn MD

9:00      I.   The Rivers of our Moment:   Ethics and Water

            Bishop William Skylstad   The Columbia River Pastoral Letter.

            John Sirois   A world view:  relationship of indigenous people and the river over millennia. 

            Brian Henning, PhD  Convergence of ethical perspectives.

            moderator:  Michael Treleaven PhD

10:00    II.   The Rivers Through Our Memory

            Allan Scholz PhD On the importance of salmon to indigenous people

10:35 break

10:55   Eileen Delehanty Pearkes – A River Captured - cultural and ecosystem impacts in Canada

            Virgil Seymour & Stevey Seymour – Fate of the Sinixt people

            Jennifer Ferguson – Impact on indigenous people

            moderator:  Laurie Arnold PhD

12:30   Lunch (provided)

1:30      III.   The Rivers of Our Vision:   The Treaty

            Rachael Paschal Osborn – Columbia River Treaty, Climate Change, and the Public Trust Doctrine

            D.R. Michel – Treaty perspectives of Upper Columbia United Tribes

            Randall Friedlander – Upper Columbia River:  Adult Passage Scenarios

            moderator:  Tom Soeldner

2:30     IV.  The Rivers as Our Responsibility:  Stewardship, Justice in action

            Bishop William Skylstad

            Pauline Terbasket – perspective of the Okanagan Nation Alliance

            Pat Ford

            Bishop Martin Wells

            moderator:  Rachael Paschal Osborn

4:00    Drumming and close


Hosted by:

Gonzaga University Political Science Department, Native American Studies, and Environmental Studies

Sponsored by: 

Faith and Environment Network  |  Upper Columbia United Tribes  |  ELCA Lutheran Synod 

Columbia Institute for Water Policy  |  Upper Columbia River Group, Sierra Club 

Center for Environmental Law & Policy  |  Save Our wild Salmon