Lands that have been permanently set aside for the use of Native Americans, known variously as 'tribal lands' and 'Indian country', also turn out to be a vital energy resource. There are four types of such lands:
- Those under the supervision of the United States government, held under the auspices and guardianship of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Allotted lands that are subject to state and local taxation
- Restricted status lands, where title to the land is held by an individual Indian person or tribe
- State Indian reservations, lands held in trust by a state for an Indian tribe
Taken together, these lands are estimated to hold about 20 percent of the nation's extractable fossil fuels, and 10 percent of its renewable resources. While oil and gas exploration has occurred on many of these lands over the past several decades, recent government measures have stimulated more expansive energy development. These measures have introduced specific economic incentives to elevate the traditional role of Southwestern tribes to become more active in energy development transactions.
This conference will provide practical tips for mutually beneficial collaboration between tribes and those working in the power industry who recognize the special opportunities available to leverage the considerable energy resources of Indian country in the southwestern U.S. Its particular focus will be fundamental concepts on how to network and collaborate with tribal officials for successful business ventures and trends in the areas of solar, wind, biomass and natural gas in Indian country. In addition, it will present a review of the regulatory process, working with different models of tribal business enterprises, right-of-way contracts, and distributed generation opportunities on tribal land. The program will especially appeal to tribal representatives, project developers, utilities, industry consultants and government agencies interested in working effectively in this specialty area.
Early Bird Rate: $1295.00
Speakers: Navajo Oil and Gas, PNM, Navajo Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority, TransCanada, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Fallon Tribal Development Corp., RES Americas