March 22, 2010 –
Representatives from the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) met with three members of the Tribal Council last Friday in Council chambers regarding a five-year study that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking called the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan. The study’s outcome will establish a new vision for the Missouri River basinarea and will offer information about present-day life in the communities and ecological life that is being gleaned from interviews and other sources. Presently researchers are collaborating with the 28 tribes who are located in the Missouri River basin area, along with state and federal agencies, and other basin stakeholders. From the research they will evaluate needs, problems, and opportunities for improvement that will be forwarded on to Congress to help them make decisions in the future.
In the photo, sitting, left to right are Tribal Council members Junior Wahweotten, Steve Ortiz, and Joyce Guerrero. In back, standing, left to right are John Huyler, Cathy Warren, Kaely Dawson, and Dennis Donald. Huler and Donald are from the Osprey Group, a research firm from Boulder, Colo., and Warren and Dawson are with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The group has been traveling together on behalf of the MRAPS project