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October 04, 2012


Anne Castle, assistant secretary for Water and Science in U.S. Department of the Interior, will deliver an address during the fourth annual symposium on Columbia River Governance held Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 10-12, at KwaTakNuk Resort in Polson.

The symposium begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. It will include an update on the formal treaty review process, along with panel discussions on aboriginal rights and interests, ecosystem values and services, and strategies for shared governance. Castle will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. There also is a field trip to learn about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ work to manage Kerr Dam and restore land and water resources along Flathead Lake.

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The symposium – designed to inform and invigorate ongoing deliberations over the future of the Columbia River Treaty – is organized and convened by the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance in partnership with all of the Native American tribes and First Nations in the basin. The event is convened and facilitated by The University of Montana Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy in collaboration with tribes, First Nations and several other organizations.

“The focus of the symposium is to highlight the needs and interests of tribes and First Nations in the Columbia River Basin,” said Matthew McKinney, director of CNREP. “We are honored to be working closely with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to convene this regional policy dialogue on the shores of Flathead Lake.”

“One of the highlights of this symposium is a series of roundtables that allows all participants to jointly develop a statement of principles to guide the process of revising and updating the Columbia River Treaty,” McKinney said. “This will be a highly interactive, very informative dialogue.”

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Contact: Matthew McKinney, director, UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, 406-459-5166,