Indian energy title being reworked in Senate
Thursday, July 31, 2003

The Senate has been debating S.14, the national energy policy bill, all week while changes are being made to the Indian energy section.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) was to have debated the section earlier this week. But he agreed to pull it while he works with Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) over concerns that the bill limits the federal government's trust responsibilities and does not allow for environmental protections.

The Navajo Nation is leading opposition on the trust language. The National Congress of American Indians also has concerns. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes, through its executive director, says recent changes made by Campbell address the trust issue.

Get the Story:
Tribes lobby against measure to loosen Interior responsibility (AP 7/31)
Some Indian Tribes Balk at Energy Measure (AP 7/31)

Relevant Documents:
President Joe Shirley Jr. State of the Navajo Nation Address (June 21, 2003)

Energy Legislation Documents:
S.14 [with links to amendments] | Summary of Indian Energy Title III | Indian Energy Title III | Bush Administration Statement

Relevant Links:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee -
National Congress of American Indians -
Navajo Nation -
Council of Energy Resource Tribes -

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