• a Virtual Webinar
  • Wednesday, September 21 and 28, 2022


Wednesday, September 21 and 28, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:40 pm PDT; 1:00-2:40 pm MDT; 2:00 – 3:40 pm CDT; 3:00 – 4:40 pm EDT | Virtual Webinar

Foundation Members - $75 | Government/Nonprofit - $75 | Tribal Members - $75 | Nonmembers - $145 | Foundation Student Member - FREE

Registration closes at 1:00 pm on September 20, 2022

This virtual program will include two afternoons of presentations addressing our country’s latest needs and trends towards energy independence, domestic supply chain issues, and their effect on natural resource production in Indian Country.  With the demand for domestic supplies on the rise, and the United States competing globally with China, Russia, and others, the number of mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy projects taking place on or around Indian Reservations is increasing or likely to rise. With this expanded development, it becomes more essential for developers to familiarize themselves with the regulations and legal issues associated with Indian tribes and their members. It is also crucial to learn from the challenges and positive experiences of other industry participants and their tribal government counterparts, while exploring projects on reservations and seeking long-term relationships with Native American communities. 

The program will start with an introduction to the domestic production and supply chain issues that affect Indian Country. Presentations will then cover the various regulatory schemes and Indian law considerations applicable to supply production, development, manufacturing, trade, and ultimately, the deployment of mineral and energy resources. Speakers will provide an in-depth view of their diverse experiences dealing with development projects in Indian country and will discuss how emerging policies should shape legal issues going forward.  

September 21, 2022 

1:00-1:50 pm: Introduction: Supply Chain Issues, Domestic Production, and the Demand for Indian Resources
- Foreign competition and increased demand for local production
- Critical minerals and domestic exploration (copper, lithium, etc.)
- Implications for tribal resources, reservation lands, allotted lands and sacred sites
- Opportunities for development and cooperation
PILAR M. THOMAS, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP, Tucson, AZ

1:50-2:40 pm: Mineral Development and Basic Materials on Indian Reservations  
- Land tenure background (Tribal Trust, Allotted Trust and Fee Lands)
- Indian Mineral Development Agreements and other tribal leasing procedures 
- Mineral and oil and gas development on allotted lands  
- Jurisdictional considerations, triggers, and applicable law 
CAROLYN CLARK LODER, Board Member, Integra Resources Corp. & K2 Gold, Tempe, AZ
MARIAN C. LALONDE, Director, Fennemore Craig, Tucson, AZ 

September 28, 2022

1:00-1:50 pm: Manufacturing, Assembly and Modern Trade Relating to Tribes and Tribal Governments 
- Opportunities for construction, growth, and manufacturing on Indian lands
- Tribal Employment Rights Office and local workforce considerations
- Tribal trade opportunities and avenues
- Contracts with tribal governments, including issues of sovereign immunity and enforceability
- Trends towards joint ventures, partnerships, and tribal ownership 
JOSHUA SIMMONS, President and Founder, Principal Consultant, Prosper Sustainably, Los Angeles, CA

1:50-2:40 pm: Deploying Energy, Renewable, and Mineral Resources 
- Development of wind, geothermal, hydro, and solar energy in Indian country
- Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERAs)
- Right of way and other considerations facing transmission, pipeline, and other linear projects
- Consultation considerations
MARANDA COMPTON, Founder, Lepwe, Missoula, MT