Many are familiar with the story of the water conflict between the city of Los Angeles and the ranchers of the Owens River Valley, as told in books like Reisner’s “Cadillac Desert.” However, the ranchers were not, in fact, the only community to lose their water rights to L.A. “Paya: The Water Story of the Paiute” tells “the untold story of America’s longest lived water war,” revealing the perspective of the Owens Valley Paiute and their ongoing struggle to reclaim their water rights.
After the film screening is a panel discussion with tribal members of the Bishop, Big Pine, and Lone Pine Paiute tribes of the Owens Valley: Harry Williams (Environmental Activist), Kathy Bancroft (Tribal Historic Preservation Officer), and Teri Red Owl (Owens Valley Indian Water Commission Director), all of whom appear in the documentary. Jenna Cavelle, the filmmaker, will also be there to talk about the process of working with the community to make the film. A public reception with food and beverages follows the event, serving as the culmination of a series of Earth Week events on the university campus.
Supported by the School of Geography and Development, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program, the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), the University of Arizona Environmental Law Society and the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.