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CWAG 2009 Annual Conference

The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) convened its Annual Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Aug. 2 - 5. It was preceded by the two-day Alliance Partnership Conference which brought 25 Attorneys General from Mexico, led by Eduardo Median Mora Icaza, the Mexico Attorney General. They met with the CWAG Attorneys General and discussed issues focusing upon drug and gun smuggling, money laundering, and human trafficking across the U.S. – Mexican border. Assistant Attorney General Tony West, U.S. Department of Justice, served as a key note speaker.

The Annual Conference focused on traditional CWAG issues such as natural resources and Indian gaming but also included broader topics such as substance abuse programs, consumer protection, climate change, office technology, and “green” business practices. One of the many highlights was a presentation by Professor Jesse Choper, UC Berkeley School of Law, on the recent Supreme Court term and what may lie ahead in the next term. The most moving and inspirational presentation was provided by the Honorable Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of Interior for Indian Affairs, and former Attorney General of Idaho. Secretary Echo Hawk challenged the Attorneys General to join him in a closer partnership addressing chronic Native American issues of poverty, disease, and unemployment.

The conference concluded with a heartfelt farewell to Attorney General Larry Long, the CWAG chair, who will retire as the Attorney General of South Dakota to accept a judicial appointment, and the welcome of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers as the new CWAG chair.

More CWAG information can be found at http://www.cwagweb.org.

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, CWAG President
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, CWAG President