Welcome to the 2013 - 2014 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 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 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 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:
Robert F. Gruenig and Brandy K.M. Toelupe
Committee Newsletters: Ronnie Hawks
Electronic Communications: Lara O'Donnell
Membership: Bidtah Becker
Programs: Dean Suagee and Vishnu N. Jetmalani
Social Media: Sean Ahearn
The Year in Review: William R. Norman, Jr.
Additional (At Large): Sara Hill
Additional (At Large): Sonia Escobio O'Donnell
We look forward to working with you over the next year!
Robert F. Gruenig and Brandy Toelupe