ICEIWG 2017 Third Quarter Meeting - Washington, D.C.

9/26/2017

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Agenda and Presentations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy (IE) held its third quarter meeting of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG) on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at DOE Headquarters,1000 Independence Ave., SW) in Washington, D.C. The agenda included discussions on electrification; energy development, including clean fossil and renewable/alternative energy; social licensing; tax/regulatory relief and reform; legislative issues; and DOE-IE tools, including loans, upcoming FOAs, technical assistance, and education/capacity building.

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Invocation, Welcome and Brief Introductions

  • Ron Suppah, councilman, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Jim Manion, ICEIWG co-chair and general manager of Warm Springs Power, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Carole Plowfield, ICEIWG co-chair and acting director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
 

Tax/Regulatory Reform: Dual Taxation in Indian Country; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country and Compacts

  • Jody TallBear, attorney-advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE
  • Will Micklin, CEO, Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Robert Odawi Porter, senior advisor, Dentons US LLP
  • Jonathan Taylor, president, The Taylor Policy Group, Inc., and co-author of "Why Beggar Thy Indian Neighbor? The Case for Tribal Primacy in Taxation in Indian Country"
  • Dr. Gavin Clarkson, deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) | Presentation

Office of Indian Energy (IE) Program-Related Updates

  • Jody TallBear, attorney-advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Update on Tribal Energy Loan Guarantees

  • Michael Kuca, general engineer, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE (call-in) | Presentation

 Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Technical Assistance (TA)

  • Lizana Pierce, deployment supervisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE | Presentation

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – DOE’s Tribal College and University Advanced Manufacturing

  • Al Kuslikis, senior associated for strategic initiatives, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) 

EPSA Analysis – Obstacles and Opportunities for Tribes/Integration of New Technologies, i.e. Microgrids and Energy Storage

  • Kate Marks, director for state, local and tribal policy analysis, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), U.S. DOE | Presentation
DOE Officials - Remarks and Brief Q&A
  • Carole Plowfield, acting director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE
  • Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary, U.S. DOE 

Energy Development Report from Tribes/Alaska native Corporations (ANCS)-Chalenges and Opportunities

  • Jody TallBear, attorney-advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Doug Matheney, special advisor to the Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. DOE
  • Mark Fox, chairman, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation | Presentation
  • Jackson Brossy, executive director, Navajo Nation Washingon Office
  • Kevin Frost, council member, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • Sonny Adams, Jr., director of energy, NANA Regional Corporation | Presentation

 Social Licensing or Community Benefits Agreements (CBAS)

Focus on Agreements Between Energy Project Developers and Host Communities; Hear Case Study on Actual CBA Between First Nations/Industry
 
  • Jody TallBear, attorney-advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Karen Atkinson, deputy director, Office of Minority Business Development, U.S. DOE | Presentation
  • Jackie Thomas, chief, Saik’ uz First Nation | Presentation
  • Robert Metcs, president, Havlik Metcs Limited | Presentation

 Legislative Update

 Overview of Energy Legislation, Including the Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act

  • Mike Andrews, majority staff director and chief counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs | Presentation

Closing Roundtable:

Member Reflection/More Discussion on Agenda Items or Other Topics of Interest
 
Moderator:
  • Jim Manion, ICEIWG co-chair and general manager of Warm Springs Power, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

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