Home > legislation > Page
Native American Energy Act (H.R. 3973)
Status: Passed in Committee on May 16, 2012 by voice vote. Placed on the House Calendar.
  • The Native American Energy Act streamlines burdensome and duplicative government regulations and increases the opportunity for Indian tribes to develop energy resources on their own land to create jobs and increase American energy production.
  • The bill addresses specific concerns from various Indian County leaders about getting approval from the Secretary of the Interior for energy development, while promoting and encouraging increased energy production on tribal lands by reducing government barriers and streamlining burdensome procedures.
  • Specifically, H.R. 3973:
    • Streamlines the appraisal process to allow for more expedited appraisals of Indian land by the Secretary of the Interior and respects sovereignty of Indian tribes by directly involving affected tribes to participate in the environmental review processes.

    • Establishes no less than five Indian energy development offices across Indian Country to help better facilitate the tribal relationship with federal regulators during the process of exploration, development and energy production on Indian lands.

    • Lowers the cost for Indian tribes to produce energy on their own land by prohibiting the Bureau of Land Management from collecting application for permit to drill fees.

    • Reduces unnecessary and frivolous lawsuits that are specifically designed to prevent Indians from producing energy on their own land and eliminates taxpayer compensation to those filing lawsuits to prohibit energy development on Indian lands.

    • Allows the Navajo Nation to conduct their own mineral leasing without involvement of the Department of the Interior as long as the leasing is conducted under Navajo tribal leasing laws that received prior approval from the Secretary of the Interior. This provision effectively removes Interior from the day-to-day management of Navajo energy leasing and increases Navajo sovereignty over its natural resources.

Related Documents:

Click for information on the American Energy Initiative

    Give us Your Feedback on H.R. 3973:

    Latest News

    Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Property Rights, Increase Federal Transparency

    Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to increase federal transparency, safeguard private and state water rights, and provide certainty to water an...... Read more

    Panel: Optimizing Rigs-to-Reefs Program Benefits Marine Ecosystems, Coastal Economies

    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on “Reviewing Recent State Successes with the Rigs to Reefs Program.” The panel focused on the environmental benefits of maintain...... Read more

    Panel Calls for Active Management to Improve the Health of National Forests

    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on “Seeking Better Management of America’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests.” Members and witnesses called for a paradigm shift...... Read more

    View All News

    Calendar

    Legislative Hearing on Four Bills
    Subcommittee on Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    Oversight Hearing on the Status and Future of the Cobell Land Consolidation Program
    Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    Oversight Hearing Examining Impacts of Federal Natural Resources Laws Gone Astray
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    View All Events