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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

  US v Oregon: 50th Anniversary Symposium
 October 18, 2019

                                            6 CLE Credits to be requested from Oregon State Bar


Indian Fisheries Timeline-  Chronology of tribal fishing and fishing rights on the Columbia River (courtesy Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission)

US v Oregon, 302 F. Supp. 899 (D. Or. 1969)


7:45 - 8:15 am Light breakfast; registration open 


8:10am Welcome: Dean Jennifer Johnson, Erskin Wood Sr. Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School


8:15 - 8:30 am Blessing/ Invocation: Davis Washines, Yakama NationRon Suppah Sr., Simnasho District, Warm Springs; introduction, Jaime Pinkham, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


8:30 - 9:15 am Keynote: Professor Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Moses Lasky Professor of Law Emeritus; introduction: Professor Michael Blumm


9:15 - 10:15 am Origins of, and Judge Belloni’s decision in, US v Oregon: Professor Michael Blumm, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Laurie Jordan, Policy Analyst, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; moderator: Prof. Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and Of Counsel, Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark


10:15 am - 10:30 am Coffee/tea BREAK


10:30 – 11:00 am Application of Environmental Statutes to Treaty Rights: Howard Arnett, Karnopp Petersen, LLP; introduction: Rob Lothrop, Policy Development and Litigation Support Department,Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


11:00 am – 12:15 pm  Democratizing Treaty Rights: Brent Hall, Tribal Attorney (Fisheries & Litigation), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; John Sledd, Attorney-at-Law
Kanji & Katzen, PLLC; Moderator/speaker: Jeff Litwak, Legal Counsel, Columbia River Gorge Commission

How Much Evidence Should We Need to Protect Cultural Sites and Treaty Rights?* By Jeffrey B. Litwak (DRAFT - do not cite or circulate)


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm LUNCH: Blessing of the food: Davis Washines, Yakama Nation; Ron Suppah Sr., Simnasho District, Warm Springs.  Jaime Pinkham, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission: Viewing of “Belloni Interview”


1:45 – 2:30 pm Effect of Judge Belloni’s decision on Chippewa Tribes case: Professor Monte Mills, U. of Montana, School of Law; Alan Parker, (Chippewa-Cree), Adjunct Faculty, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Former Staff Director, Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate; Moderator: Carma Corcoran, PhD,(Chippewa-Cree), Director, Indian Law Program, Lewis & Clark Law School


2:30 – 2:45 pm Coffee/tea BREAK


2:45 – 3:45 pm Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty: Professor Nigel Bankes, U. of Calgary, Faculty of Law; Professor Barbara Cosens, U. of Idaho, College of Law; moderator: Jim Heffernan, Policy Analyst, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Prof. Cosens’ Reading Materials:

Herrera v. Wyoming, 587 U.S. ____, 139 S.Ct. 1686 (2019)

Ward v Race Horse, 163 U.S. 504 (1986)


3:45 – 5:00 pm Influence of US v Oregon decision on Multi Sovereign Natural Resources management: Coby Howell, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; John Ogan, Tribal Attorney, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation; Michael Grossmann, Senior Counsel, State of Washington, Office of the Attorney General; moderator: Laurie Jordan, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Motion to Reconsider; Rule 59

United States Memo in Support of Motion to Reconsider

Tribes Joint Memo in Support

State of Idaho Memo in Support

State of Oregon Memo in Support

State of Washington Memo in Support

Judge Mosman Order


5 - 5:30 pm Reinterpretation of Federal and Idaho cases on off-Reservation Hunting and Fishing Rights in Light of Indigenous Knowledge and World View: Sammy Matsaw, PhD candidate, Water Resources IGERT Fellow, U. of Idaho; Professor Barbara Cosens, U. of Idaho (moderator)

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: The Third Alternative (Commentary) Author(s): Raymond Pierotti and Daniel Wildcat Source: Ecological Applications, Vol. 10, No. 5 (Oct., 2000), pp. 1333-1340

5:30 pm  Closing and Reception for all participants