Water Sustainability: A Chickasaw Nation Perspective STEPHEN GREETHAM CHICKASAW NATION, CHIEF GENERAL COUNSEL OKA’ INSTITUTE – ADA, OKLAHOMA (OCT. 27, 2016)
~ A homeland characterized by abundant waters, with associated landscapes and wildlife ~ Linguistic analysis shows that, prior to removal, the Chickasaw language included scores of water-related words—most of which are no longer in use ~ Chickasaw dominance within the Nation’s aboriginal territory was aided by two major factors . . .
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Act of July 1, 1902, ch. 1362, § 64
Water Sustainability: A Chickasaw Nation Perspective Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer – Competing Water Uses • Vital source of both surface and groundwater: • • • • •
>150,000 population Municipal Agriculture Tourism/Recreation Industry
• New state regulations (maximum annual yield) limit groundwater pumping • Water systems are extremely susceptible to drought
Water Sustainability: A Chickasaw Nation Perspective Need for partnership, collaboration, practical analyses Rebuilding and preserving our region Commitment to principle that a healthy environment supports a strong and diverse economy Sound long-term development of water use while providing sound stewardship of natural water systems (consumptive and non-consumptive use) Regionally informed and supported policy
Law and Policy
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Law and Policy
Water Sustainability: A Chickasaw Nation Perspective Need for partnership, collaboration, practical analyses • Building community and institutional partnerships (e.g., USACE, U.S. Dep’t of the Interior, OWRB, OCC, OU, OSU, Oka’ Institute, the Cities of Ada, Davis, Durant, Sulphur, Tishomingo, CPASA, The Nature Conservancy, etc.) • Leveraging resources – since 2011, approx. $200,000 in Chickasaw Nation resources to leverage approximately $2.6M in technical work -
Infrastructure needs assessment Sustainable flow methodology Wastewater recycling/reuse Sulphur pipeline feasibility Disinfection byproduct guidelines Mining and “fracking” impacts on stormwater management - Drought vulnerability assessments - USGS stream gage support
- Antlers Aquifer assessment - Climate Science Center outreach position staffing - Sustainability and climate variability workshops - Red River basin streamflow modeling - Economic impact of water resource use and management
Chokma’shki’! Yakoke! Thank you!
Stephen Greetham, Chief General Counsel Chickasaw Nation 2020 Lonnie Abbott Boulevard Ada, Oklahoma 74820 (580) 272-5236 [email protected]