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Valuable Lessons From Tribal Energy Leaders

NTES provided state and tribal leaders alike an opportunity to sit together, connect and exchange ideas about tribal energy efforts, the impacts on economies, the strides and the possibilities. Experiencing firsthand capacity building in motion and real ways to better understand and honor tribal sovereignty—and each other—participants gained broader perspectives and opportunities to advance energy goals, hopefully with a more holistic view.

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DOE Announces $15 Million Grant Program for Tribal Energy

Energy is more than heat, light and electricity. It means opportunity, self-determination and self-sufficiency, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes told the closing session of the National Tribal Energy Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with NCSL.

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Tribes Urged to Focus on Gig Economy at Energy Summit

The gig economy, in which short-term workers perform contracted tasks organized through an online platform, can be a key instrument in developing self-determination and developing tribal economies.

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Join the National Tribal Energy Summit Via Streaming

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NCSL combine forces this week to host the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C.

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In Memoriam: New Mexico Senator John Pinto

John Pinto was the longest-serving senator in New Mexico history and the longest-serving Native American legislator in U.S. history. He was 94 when he died May 24 in Gallup, N.M.

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Supreme Court Affirms Tribes' Rights to Hunt on Federal Lands

What will invariably catch everyone’s attention about this case is the fact that it is the second 5-4 decision where Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch has joined the four more liberal Justices to rule in favor of a tribe.

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Tribal Case of Taxing Travel or Trade on Supreme Court Docket

The issue in Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den Inc. is whether the “right to travel” provision of the Yakama Nation Treaty preempts Washington’s tax and permit requirements for importing fuel.

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Cleaning Up with Future Generations in Mind

Many Native American tribes hold a perspective that today’s actions can have an impact on future generations. This perspective can apply to a broad range of topics, but it has special significance as it relates to the nation’s nuclear weapons legacy.

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Supreme Court Accepts Significant Oklahoma Indian Reservation Case

Would it surprise you to learn that more than 750,000 people in Oklahoma, including most Tulsa residents, live on an Indian reservation?

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Supreme Court to Decide Tribal Fishing Rights Case

In the mid-1800s, Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest entered into treaties guaranteeing them a right to off-reservation fishing. In Washington v. United States the Supreme Court will decide whether the “fishing clause” guarantees “that the number of fish would always be sufficient to provide a ‘moderate living’ to the tribes.”

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.