FROM THE ARCHIVE

Indian energy title up for debate in Senate

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2003

Senate Democrats don't think the chamber can pass a massive energy bill by the end of the week but Republicans are going to try.

A vote on the Indian title of the bill could come up today. Some tribes and the Navajo Nation are opposing provisions that would limit the Department of Interior's involvement in approval of energy resources leases.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) is set to offer an amendment that would make some changes to the current version. David Lester, executive director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, told The Denver Post that the new language resolves concerns about the federal government's trust responsibilities.

Get the Story:
Gas drilling plan sparks (The Denver Post 7/28)
GOP Senators to Push Energy Bill (The Washington Post 7/28)

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 - http://energy.senate.gov
National Congress of American Indians - http://www.ncai.org
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org
Council of Energy Resource Tribes - http://www.certredearth.com

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