The Native American Energy Act is designed to expedite energy development projects and mineral extraction on Native American lands by removing regulation requirements. Those energy projects could include non-renewable ventures like fracking, coal mining, and petroleum extraction.
This bill would require the Dept. of the Interior (DOI) to act on energy project requests within 30 days. Tribes would be able to waive this requirement for appraisals of an energy project request under special circumstances.
After environmental impact statements are drawn up for energy projects, this bill would limit review and commenting to members of the tribe and people who live in the area.
Native American groups would be granted more authority over leasing their land for the use of energy development. This bill would authorize the Navajo Nation to enter into commercial and agricultural leases for up to 99 years. The Navajo Nation could also enter into mineral resource leases without the DOI’s approval for 25 years. All of the profits from those leases would go straight to tribal owners or tribal governments.