Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 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.
The Committee has a vital need for volunteers willing to take a more active role in committee leadership, communications, and interactions with other SEER and ABA groups. Several of our vice-chair positions have not been filled this year. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who is, please do not hesitate to reach out. We can guarantee that your participation will add value to your membership in both the Committee, SEER, and the ABA. Current leaders of the Committee include:
Committee Chair: Ronnie Hawks
Committee Newsletters: Dean Suagee
Programs: Cynthia R. Harris
Electronic Communications and Social Media: Vacant
Social Media: Patrick M. Kennedy
We look forward to working with you over the next year!
2016-2017 Committee Chair
ABA Native American Resources Committee