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The firm's Indian Nations Energy Law Practice Group reflects our tribal clients' "Seven Generations" environmental ethic based on respect for the natural world and responsible stewardship of water, air and other natural resources on behalf of future generations. Our tribal energy law practice focuses on:
- For-profit energy generation opportunities, including identification of potential sources of generation (wind, forest waste, landfill methane, etc.), market feasibility assessment, identification of financing sources, Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act issues, potential tax and other legal advantages, business entity structure (corporations, LLCs, joint ventures, etc.), facility construction and compliance
- Assistance in connection with Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERA) under the Indian Tribal Energy and Self-Determination Act, permitting tribes, upon approval of the TERA, to enter into leases and other agreements without further approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or Department of Interior
- Maintaining tribal leadership in protecting the earth by helping tribes reduce tribal energy costs through adoption of "green" construction standards, energy audits and other tools used to reduce tribes' "carbon footprint"
- Establishment of a "Seven Generations" legal infrastructure, including enactment of an environmental code limiting greenhouse gas emissions, establishment of green building codes and adoption of green procurement policies
- Establishment of forest "carbon sinks," conservancies and other devices that protect the environment and provide a potential economic return through regional, national or international carbon exchanges
- Intergovernmental affairs, including preparation of position papers, participation on state and regional energy boards and commissions, and negotiation with government officials to assure that the tribal perspective is taken into consideration in the establishment of standards to limit greenhouse gas emissions
We believe in helping our tribal clients take advantage of energy development opportunities not available to non-Indian developers outside Indian country.