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February 09, 2022

Legal experts to discuss tribal rights and clean energy agenda at virtual ABA meeting

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2022 — Legal experts from private practice, tribal in-house counsel and academia will gather to discuss the alignments and conflicts of the Biden administration’s clean energy agenda with efforts in Indian Country at “The Intersection of Tribal Rights with Environmental, Energy and Resources Development” virtual conference, Feb. 15-16.

The keynote speaker is Danna R. Jackson, counselor to the director at the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, who will speak live at 10:15 a.m. EST on Feb. 15.

Intersection of Tribal Rights with Environmental, Energy and Resources Development virtual conference, sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

Feb. 15-16


Program highlights include

“How Tribes are Leading the Way in Responding to Climate Change” — From droughts to rising sea levels to heat waves, the impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt around the world — particularly by Indigenous communities. This panel will focus on tribal responses to climate change through the use of Indigenous science programs and forward-thinking policy initiatives.
11 a.m.-noon EST, Feb. 15

“Oil Pipelines, Green-Energy Mines and Fish-Killing Dams…Oh My!: The Intersection of Tribal Sovereignty and the Exploitation of Natural and Cultural Resources on Tribal Lands and Treaty Areas” — Native Nations across the United States continually face threats to treaty-protected resources located both on and off their reservation lands. This panel will explore the various ways in which tribes and tribal citizens across the nation are undertaking efforts to protect the natural resources on which they depend for their survival.
1:30-3 p.m. EST, Feb. 16

A complete agenda with a list of panelists can be found online. For media credentialing and registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or [email protected].

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