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Native American Resources


Message From The Chair



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 Chairs:
Ronnie Hawks


Vice Chairs:

Committee Newsletters: Dean Suagee

Programs: Judge Joseph J. Wiseman

Electronic Communications and Social Media: Vacant

Social Media: Vacant


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

Ronnie Hawks
2016-2017 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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2016-2017 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

    35th Water Law Conference

    03/27/2017-03/29/2017

    For its 35th year, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources prestigious Water Law Conference will bring together top government, nonprofit, and private practitioners to discuss emerging issues, hot topics, and recent developments in water law and policy. Join us in sunny Los Angeles at the ...

    46th Spring Conference

    03/29/2017-03/31/2017

    The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 46th Spring Conference program is built to explore topics and issues facing the environmental lawyer today. Its an unmatched opportunity to hear from the nation's leading top lawyers, government officials, in-house counsel, and academics who will ...

    Environmental Summit of the Americas

    03/29/2017-03/29/2017

    We invite you to join legal practitioners from across the Americas (North, Central, South, and the Caribbean) for an Environmental Summit of the Americas on March 29, 2017 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood. Summit participants will discuss pressing issues in environmental, energy, and resources law ...


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 Ronnie Hawks on December 15, 2016

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