Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing Wednesday on Tribal Energy Development

WASHINGTON  – The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2014, known as S. 2132.

Tribal Energy -Tracey LeBeau (Cheyenne River Sioux)

Tracey LeBeau (Cheyenne River Sioux)

The Committee will hear testimony from Tracey LeBeau, director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

The bill will give Indian tribes more tools to develop their energy resources and to remove unnecessary barriers to economic development.

The bill addresses other aspects of Indian tribal energy development, including a “biomass demonstration project” for biomass energy production from Indian forest lands, rangelands and other Federal lands in accordance with program requirements developed by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture after consultation with Indian tribes. This amendment would facilitate the development of tribal biomass projects by providing them with more reliable and potentially long-term supplies of woody biomass materials.


WHAT: Legislative hearing

WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at


Panel I:

THE HONORABLE KEVIN WASHBURN, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

MS. TRACEY LEBEAU, Director, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC

Panel III:

THE HONORABLE CAROLE LANKFORD, Vice Chairwoman, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, Montana

THE HONORABLE MICHAEL O. FINLEY, Chairman, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservations, Nespelem, Washington and First Vice-President, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

THE HONORABLE ALETHA TOM, Chairwoman, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Moapa, Nevada

THE HONORABLE JAMES “MIKE” OLGUIN , Acting Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ignacio, Colorado



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