Water Rights and Treaties

Federal Indian water rights are defined and governed by a body of federal law that recognizes that Indian tribes have unique property and sovereignty rights in the water on their reservations and reserved by treaties. Within the last twenty years, tribes increasingly are quantifying and using their federal water rights, subject to tribal and federal laws governing the regulation of the water. This is due to the fact that Indian reservations were established before most water uses began in the west, and tribes often hold the oldest and, thus, most valuable water rights. Indians have occupied land since time immemorial and thus also have strong ancient priority claims to water for tribal uses.

– What are tribal water rights

– How landowners get water rights

– How to assert your water rights

  • Instructor:

    Brenda Golden, Esq.

    , Brenda Golden, Esq.
  • Brenda Golden is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee Nation. She attended Sequoyah Indian High School, served 8 years in the US Air Force,  and resided in Central Oklahoma from 1986 to 2013. She has a Bachelor’s and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and has graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law.  Her professional work experience includes over 15 years in HR and Executive Mgmnt.  She has worked for the last 10 years with native organizations.

    Brenda Golden is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She grew up outside of Clearview, Oklahoma on “Harjo Hill”, attended Sequoyah Indian High School, served in the US Air Force for 8 years and resided in Central Oklahoma from 1986 to 2013.  She currently resides in Eastern Oklahoma having relocated to work for her tribal nation.  Brenda has three daughters (one deceased) and four grandchildren. 

    She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration both conferred from the University of Oklahoma.  Brenda graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and is a member of the National Native American Bar Association. 

    Her professional work experience includes over 15 years in Human Resources and Executive Management and 10 years with the State of Oklahoma.  She has dedicated the last 10 years to working with tribal governments and native organizations.

  • Category:

    Water Rights, Webinars

  • Offered: Online
  • Start: August 21, 2018 -
  • End: August 21, 2018 -