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Ms. McDowell has committed over 38 years to tribal government, starting her career as a clerk for the Manpower program in 1975, eventually working her way up to Tribal Council Secretary in 1980. Her interest in tribal politics began with her first tribal council campaign and election in 1981, when she began her first four-year term. She is proud to have served the Council and the Fort Mojave Tribal community for over 38 years. As Fort Mojave Tribal Council Chairperson, Ms. McDowell’s leadership has been instrumental in forging many economic projects for the tribe. Ms. McDowell felt it necessary for the tribe to achieve total tribal self-sufficiency and to exercise its sovereign rights. Her belief and that of the standing council was that it was incumbent of the tribal government to take over all of its operations and infrastructure services on reservation.
Thus began a long process of numerous legal workings and administrative duties to accomplish that goal. The tribe currently provides all utility services on the reservation in three states, California, Arizona and Nevada. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe maintains one of only eight tribally owned and operated telecommunications companies in the United States. Ms. McDowell has been recognized by many Native American organizations for her leadership and service as President and Board Member of such organizations as the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Arizona Indian Gaming Association, Fort Mojave Telecommunications, National Tribal Telecommunications Association, National Congress of American Indians, 10 Tribes Partnership of the Lower Colorado River, Fort Mojave Tribal Utilities Authority, Council of Energy Resources, Native American Rights Fund and Founding Member of the WEWIN organization “Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations.” Currently, Ms. McDowell serves as Project Manager within the AhaMakav Cultural Society department and oversees a hazardous waste cleanup located at the Pacific Gas & Electric Topock Compressor Station, which is within a known Mojave sacred site area and traditional homeland of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. Nora is the proud mother of 3 children and Grandmother to 10 grandchildren. Nora resides on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, which is located in the States of California, Arizona and Nevada.
As Director-General of South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry from 1997-2005, Mike led development of new policy and legislation; investment programmes that gave millions of people access to safe water and sanitation; and water-sharing negotiations with Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho that unlocked major water and agricultural investments. He also chaired the water programme at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. From 1988 to 1994, he worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa; between 1979 and 1988 he managed water programmes for the Mozambique Government. His earlier writing on nutrition, health and development was widely commended and had significant impact on global public policy.
Dr. Rebecca Tharme is the Director of Riverfutures, a company she founded in 2015 to help develop policy appropriate solutions and technical capacity for environmental water management. She has 25 years of experience as a lead and member of interdisciplinary, multi-cultural teams on projects in 40 developing countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Zoology (Aquatic Ecology) and is an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow of the Australian Rivers Institute. She is a jury member for Swiss Re Foundation’s International ReSource Award for resilience in water management, and served on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel from 2002 to 2008.
She has held the positions of Director of Partnerships for Great Rivers and Senior Freshwater Scientist in The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water team, Theme Leader for Water and Environment at the International Water Management Institute, and began her career at the Freshwater Research Unit, Cape Town University. Rebecca has contributed to several initiatives on water and sustainability, including on international water quality guidelines for freshwater ecosystems, the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She has co-authored over 90 publications on environmental flow policy and practice, river ecohydrology, and human water, food and energy security. She has given some 40 invited conference presentations and numerous trainings. English is her native tongue and she has a basic working proficiency in French, Spanish and Afrikaans.
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Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment The Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment continues the long-standing work of Colorado Law's Natural Resources Law Center. The newly renamed Center endeavors to serve the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our use of the lands, waters, and environment. Major programs and initiatives focus on natural resources, water and public lands issues in Colorado and the West; energy and environmental security in the developing world; electricity regulation and energy policy; climate change law and policy; and native communities and environmental justice. The name comes from the contributions of two iconic figures in the law school’s environmental law history, David Getches and Charles Wilkinson.
Upcoming Events 9Th Annual Schultz Lecture Featuring Paul Joskow, MIT Professor of Economics President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Coming Thursday, September 22th 5:30 p.m.
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http://www.colorado.edu/law/research/gwc/events Serving the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our lands, waters, and environment.