Tribal Energy Project Development (ELI Master Class)

July 8, 2021 12:00 pm — 3:15 pm
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An ELI Master Class

Tribal consultations, energy requirements, multifaceted policy, infrastructure, and funding are just a handful of the numerous and diverse topics that arise when discussing tribal energy project development. Join ELI and leading experts for in-depth exploration of the legal perspectives, financial aspects, current challenges, and future opportunities for tribal energy project development.


12:00 - 1:30 PM

Panel 1: Legal Perspectives will tackle the regulatory aspects and challenges associated with tribal energy project development, as well as the issues of native sovereignty associated with these projects. Expert panelists will dive into the tribal consultation process for energy projects and the integral benefits of fostering a more coherent consultation process between federal and tribal officials. Additionally, panelists will contend with the multifaceted permitting and decision-making process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Sara A. Dutschke, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell
Tom Stoddard, Vice President & General Counsel, NativeEnergy, Inc.

1:30 - 1:45 PM


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Panel 2: Financial Aspects will explore the financial implications of tribal energy project development, especially how these projects affect tribal sovereignty and issues of equity. Leading panelists will highlight the obstacles surrounding the tribal application process for federal grants and loans, the roles and responsibilities of private sector lenders, and discuss opportunities for energy projects to meet market pricing. Additionally, panelists will investigate opportunities for innovative funding agreements that are designed to mutually benefit both tribes and corporations.

Jeff Davis, Of Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Moderator
Chris Deschene, Principal, Tosidoh LLC
Chris Urchell, Manager, Baker Tilly US
Bryan Van Stippen, Program Director, National Indian Carbon Coalition

ELI members will have access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.


Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.