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Native American Resources


Message From The Chair



Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 ABA year of the Native American Resources Committee!




Since the 1980s, the Native American Resources Committee (Committee) has been recognized as a national forum for lawyers representing federally recognized tribes, tribal entities, indigenous peoples, and businesses engaged in development or other commercial activities within or near Indian country, Alaska Native villages, and other lands of indigenous peoples (collectively, tribal lands).




The Committee focuses on broad-ranging current and emerging environmental, energy, and resource issues affecting tribal lands, including but not limited to regulation of reservation activities, resources, and the environment; traditional, renewable, and alternative energy development; land use, land rights, leasing, and permitting; climate change impacts and legislative initiatives and policies; financing and economic considerations; collaborative efforts between tribes and states or developers; treaty and subsistence rights; Indian water rights; environmental justice; cultural and sacred site protection; and cross boundary and international initiatives, agreements, and processes affecting the rights of tribes and other indigenous peoples. The Committee seeks to open dialogue among its members and others to promote the exchange of ideas and to raise awareness of not only the unique issues related to tribal lands, but also the unique challenges confronting tribes and other indigenous peoples and third parties seeking to do business on tribal lands. The Committee also fosters education on new developments, laws, and policies affecting tribes, tribal entities, and other indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.




Finally, the Committee strives to encourage and increase participation in the committee and the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (Section), particularly by Native American attorneys and newly admitted attorneys interested in the field of Indian and tribal law.




This year’s Committee consists of a strong and diverse group, which we hope will add value to your membership in both the Committee and Section. Current leaders of the Committee include:




Committee Chairs:
Ronnie Hawks




Vice Chairs:



Committee Newsletters: Dean Suagee



Programs: Sonia Escobio O'Donnell



Electronic Communications and Social Media: Robert F. Gruenig



Social Media: Chandos Culleen




We look forward to working with you over the next year!
Regards,

Ronnie Hawks
2015-2016 Committee Chair
ABA Native American Resources Committee


Committee Description

The Committee is a forum and educational resource for lawyers representing tribes, tribal entities, indigenous peoples, and businesses engaged in development or other commercial activities around Indian country, Alaska Native villages, and other lands of indigenous peoples. The Committee focuses on broad ranging current and emerging environmental, energy, land use, resource and environmental justice issues. The Committee encourages participation in the Committee and Section by Native American attorneys and attorneys interested in the field of Indian and tribal law.

Committee Resources

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2015-2016 Native American Resources Leadership

View the full roster of Native American Resources Committee leadership.
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Committee Newsletter Archive

An archive of the committee's newsletters is available.

The Native American Resources Committee released a new committee newsletter in August 2015. Be sure to read the latest issues.
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Committee Chairs

Chair:

Hawks, Ronnie

Committee Roster  


Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment

    02/12/2016-02/12/2016

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Constitutional Law Committee Environmental Disclosure Committee International Environmental and Resources Law Committee PRESENT: The Vermont Food-Labeling Lawsuit and the Frontiers of the First Amendment Friday, February 12, 2016 ...

    The Yates Memo: Potential Implications for Environmental Enforcement

    02/16/2016-02/16/2016

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Enforcement and Crimes PRESENT: The Yates Memo: Potential Implications for Environmental Enforcement Tuesday, February 16, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Via teleconference No CLE credit Dial-in information will ...

    First Next Steps—Implementing the COP-21 Paris Agreement

    02/17/2016-02/17/2016
    Wynn Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee PRESENT: First Next Steps - Implementing the COP-21 Paris Agreement Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Via teleconference No CLE credit ...


Links of Interest

Inter-Tribal Organizations--National
General Purpose
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Inter-Tribal and Membership Organizations
Specific Purposes (alphabetical order)
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Modified by Peter Clark on October 20, 2015

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