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Native American Resources


Message From The Co-Chairs



Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 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 Co-Chairs:
Brandy K.M. Toelupe and Ronnie Hawks


Vice Chairs:
Committee Newsletters: Dean Suagee


Electronic Communications and Social Media: Lara O'Donnell


Membership: Aubra Drybread


The Year in Review: William R. Norman, Jr.


Additional (At Large): Robert F. Gruenig
Additional (At Large): Sonia Escobio O'Donnell


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

Brandy Toelupe and Ronnie Hawks
2014-2015 Committee Co-Chairs
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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2013-2014 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 October 2014. Be sure to read the latest issues.
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Committee Co-Chairs

Committee Roster  


Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events


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 Romeo Talento on October 15, 2014

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