Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources


WASHINGTON - The House approved a bill Oct. 8 that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.

The Native American Energy Act would also allow the Navajo Nation to enter into renewable mineral leases for up to 25 years without first getting approval from the Interior Department - one of several provisions in the 16-page bill.


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