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Time Immemorial: Water Governance Approaches and Indigenous Rights

Author(s): Meg du Bray1, Andre Sanchez, Matthew Ogwu2

1. University of Northern Colorado 2. Appalachian State University

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The purpose of this experiential lesson is to introduce students to key concepts in water governance in the United States, and provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the western and Indigenous understandings of water governance in a field…

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The purpose of this experiential lesson is to introduce students to key concepts in water governance in the United States, and provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the western and Indigenous understandings of water governance in a field setting. Part I will introduce students to foundational water rights structures such as First in Time, First in Right (The Doctrine of Prior Appropriation), Winters Rights, Time Immemorial, and riparian rights, along with collaborative and adaptive water management. In Part II, students will spend time in a watershed. There, students will be asked to observe and reflect on water governance, time immemorial, and human connection to water. Upon completing this lesson, students will be able to utilize field-based journaling techniques for qualitative observations of landscapes. Additionally, students will be able to commit to more effective stewardship and allyship for the long term.

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Version 1.0 - published on 15 Dec 2023 doi:10.25334/2HPW-H547 - cite this

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This lesson focuses on building understanding of water governance and the concept of time immemorial. It includes a lesson plan, sample reflection prompts and quiz questions, lecture slides, and a number of readings to get the instructor and students started.

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