To work together closely and cooperatively with Payahuunadü Tribes to advance self- sufficiency and sovereignty, protect and promote culture and traditions, increase sustainability and food security, preserve and restore land and habitat, improve water quality and increase water supply, increase Indigenous farming and ranching, improve environmental and human health conditions in the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra, and to assist Tribes with securing water rights settlements that include land acquisition.
PROMOTING & PROTECTING
OUR WATER, LAND AND ENVIRONMENT
The Owens Valley Indian Water Commission’s three- (3) member Tribes are the Bishop, Big Pine and Lone Pine Tribes. The board of the Tribal consortium consists of six (6) members, two (2) from each member Tribe. All board members have extensive experience in Tribal governmental operations, and have served on their respective governing bodies. Half of the Commission’s Board of Directors are elected Tribal Council members/officers. There is one voting member of each tribe and one alternate, and the board holds regular bi-monthly meetings. Commission staff meets with member Tribe’s environmental staff to collaborate, provide reports, receive project input, and to plan for future projects.
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