Wind turbine at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, located on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon. Photo from Facebook
Published December 11, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Jon Tester (D-MT), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, praised the Senate’s passage of S. 209, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Chairman Barrasso and Vice Chairman Tester. The bill will give Indian tribes more tools to develop their energy resources and to remove unnecessary barriers to economic development in Indian Country.
“One of the best ways to facilitate economic opportunities in Indian Country is to give tribes more control over the development of their natural resources,” said Chairman Barrasso. “This bill helps tribes by streamlining Washington’s slow approval process and cutting red tape. It will help create good-paying jobs across Indian Country while increasing our nation’s energy security. I look forward to it passing the House and being signed into law soon.”
“Tribes should be in control of their energy resources,” Vice Chairman Tester said. “This bipartisan bill increases self-determination and allows tribes to build a sustainable energy plan that will create good-paying jobs and a more stable economy.”
In addition to Senators Barrasso and Tester, S. 209 is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO).