Frequently Asked Questions



Q: The SPC has been involved for many years – what is there to show for it?

A: To be exact SPC has been around since 1993, when the Kaibab Band of Paiutes and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (PITU) formed the Southern Paiute Consortium to ensure more effective government-to-government interaction between agencies managing the Glen Canyon Dam.

Q: The SPC never speaks up in AMWG and TWG meetings – why?

A: Most of the time tribal opinion is not recognized at that point in a discussion. Most of the agendas only talk about sediment, High and low flows and Humpback chub. There really is not too much on the Cultural side and native perspective. Southern Paiutes most of the time watch from the inside to notice what’s happening around us. 

Q: Does the SPC or any of the tribes get upset with the legal behavior of scientists or river runners (drinking, nudity, visiting certain areas etc)?If so, why?  What can be done to make everybody happy?

A: The SPC perspective on this is that you should have fun on your river trips yet when it comes to the surroundings these things and elements need to be respected. Like the wildlife, you wouldn’t want anybody coming into your house screaming and yelling or even writing on your walls. People should always observe and respect those places along the river no matter where your boat men take you. Remember the Geology goes back for centuries.  The plants, animals and rocks have been here longer then we have.   

Q: Which agencies appear to be working closest with the tribes?  What could other agencies do to improve their relationships with the tribes?

A: All agencies seem to be trying to work with the tribes and yet most just ignore tribal opinions about the corridor system.  The SPC Director has done numerous presentations to the AMWG and TWG representatives to whom he stresses that all the agencies struggle because of the different passions we have pertaining to our different agency jobs. And until we can put ourselves in each others shoes we all should just take a step back for a moment, and observe mother nature for a while.  We might learn a thing or two about what we really need to focus on for the betterment of the corridor.

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