Tribal Land Contracts for Energy Development

Tribal Land Contracts for Energy Development

June 13, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

The goal of this course is for attendees to understand the complex dynamics surrounding tribal lands and energy development. The agenda begins with an exploration of the historical context and legal foundations that have shaped tribal sovereignty, offering insights into the significance of tribal lands within their historical backdrop. Participants will delve into the intricacies of federal and tribal legal frameworks governing land ownership and energy development, dissecting federal laws, restrictions on land transactions, and jurisdictional considerations that play pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of tribal sovereignty.

Throughout the event, attendees will navigate practical aspects such as tribal land leasing and ownership structures, shedding light on various lease options, ownership models, and critical considerations in land use planning and zoning. Other topics include:

  • Negotiation skills and the art of building effective partnerships between tribes and energy developers
  • Environmental impact assessment processes, regulatory requirements, and permits
  • Best practices for sustainable energy development, exploring both technical aspects and the cultural and community considerations unique to tribal contexts
  • Case studies and discussions on contemporary legal issues and potential policy changes

By the end of the program, attendees will have gained valuable insights into successful tribal energy projects, challenges faced, lessons learned, and the evolving landscape of sustainable development in Indian country.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the historical context and legal foundations of Tribal Sovereignty Land Ownership and identify key historical events and legal principles that have shaped tribal sovereignty and land ownership
  • Outline the federal laws that impact tribal land and energy development and analyze land lease options
  • Examine jurisdictional considerations in the context of tribal sovereignty and evaluate key negotiation strategies to build effective partnerships between tribes and energy developers
  • Evaluate the different types of tribal land ownership and their implications, significance, and challenges
  • Differentiate between trust land, allotted land, and fee land
  • Discuss land use planning and zoning considerations related to tribal land
  • Evaluate strategies for fostering positive collaborations between tribes and energy developers
  • Summarize regulatory requirements and permits related to environmental impact assessments and discuss strategies for mitigating environmental impact and promoting sustainability
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of best practices for sustainable energy development in tribal contexts


        Thursday, June 13, 2024 : Central Time

        8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
        Log In and Welcome

        12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
        Lunch Break

        9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        Course Timing


        Introduction to Tribal Sovereignty Land Ownership

        • Historical context and legal foundations
        • Tribal sovereignty and self-governance
        • Overview of tribal lands and their significance
        • Types of tribal land ownership: trust land, allotted land, fee land

        Federal and Tribal Legal Frameworks

        • Federal laws governing tribal land and energy development
        • Restrictions on the sale and encumbrance of Tribal lands under federal law
        • Jurisdictional considerations

        Tribal Land Leasing and Ownership Structures

        • Land lease options for energy development
        • Ownership structures: individual vs. tribal ownership
        • Land use planning and zoning considerations

        Negotiating Tribal Land Contracts

        • Key negotiation considerations
        • Building effective partnerships between tribes and energy developers

        Environmental Impact Assessment

        • Environmental considerations in energy development projects
        • Regulatory requirements and permits
        • Mitigating environmental impact and promoting sustainability

        Best Practices for Sustainable Energy Development

        • Sustainability and renewable energy options
        • Cultural and community considerations

        Case Studies in Tribal Energy Development

        • Real-world examples of successful tribal energy projects
        • Challenges faced and lessons learned
        • Future trends in tribal energy development

        Legal and Regulatory Updates

        • Contemporary legal issues and challenges
        • Promoting sustainable development in Indian country in modern political climate
        • Opportunities and potential policy changes 


        Mitch Holditch, Partner, Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP

        Mitch has over five years of experience advocating for tribal clients. As a partner at Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP, Mitch’s practice areas include federal Indian law, Indian water rights, transactional law, energy mineral development, tribal governance and nation building, policy and legislation drafting, civil litigation, and intellectual property. Mitch works hands-on with tribal clients to promote and advocate for tribal sovereignty and economic development. 

        Prior to joining the firm, Mitch worked at a small private firm practicing family law and probate law, with a focus on clients residing in rural areas.  Mitch also served as judicial fellow for the Honorable Judge Laura Tighe in Colorado’s First Judicial District in 2015. Mitch was inspired to pursue a career in Indian law during his experience as a student attorney in the University of Colorado’s American Indian Law Clinic, during which he had the privilege of working under the mentorship of practitioners with decades of experience advocating for tribal clients.  

        Online Delivery

        We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

        • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
        • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
        • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
        • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


        Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

        If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


        Tribal Land Contracts for Energy Development

        June 13, 2024 | Online
        Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

        Volume pricing also available

        Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

        Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
        Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
        Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

        Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 10, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




        EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

        EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

        Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

        Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

        Instructional Methods

        PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course.

        Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

        Course CPE Credits: 8.5
        There is no prerequisite for this Course.
        Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
        Program Level: Basic
        Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
        Advanced Preparation: None

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        Who Should Attend 

        • Energy developers and project managers
        • Legal and regulatory professionals
        • Environmental and sustainability experts
        • Regulatory compliance personnel
        • Risk management specialists
        • Exploration and production managers
        • Land acquisition and leasing managers

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