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senate Bill S. 245

Should Indian Tribes Have More Freedom to Develop Energy on Their Lands?

Argument in favor

Currently, strict controls on energy development on tribal land make energy development there prohibitive. Giving tribes more autonomy to make decisions about energy development on their lands will empower them to use their lands’ natural resources to lift their communities out of poverty by creating jobs and supplying affordable energy to American consumers.

Joseph's Opinion
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12/10/2018
The land belongs to them so they have the right to do as they please with it
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Virginia's Opinion
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12/10/2018
Yes, the Indian Tribes (whom we forcefully took their lands) should be allowed to develop & prosper on the few hundred acres the Government allows them! Why don't we bury our heads in shame for murdering & forcing them back & placing them in total dependence on the Government? They are smart & don't need to be controlled or limited!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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12/10/2018
S. 245 Indian Tribal Energy Develop & Self-Determination Act I’m in support Of and recommend passage of Senate bill S. 245 AKA the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 which would make various amendments to existing federal energy programs on tribal lands aimed at giving tribes more autonomy in developing energy resources on their lands. Currently, strict controls on energy development on tribal land make energy development there prohibitive. Giving tribes more autonomy to make decisions about energy development on their lands will empower them to use their lands’ natural resources to lift their communities out of poverty by creating jobs and supplying affordable energy to American consumers. SneakyPete. 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 12*10*18.....
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t give Indian tribes more authority to develop energy on their lands if they’re choosing the wrong type of energy in terms of environmental impact. While some tribes have expressed interest in renewable energy, others have expressed interest in traditional oil and natural gas, which are harmful to the environment at both extraction and use.

Linda's Opinion
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12/03/2018
It allows leases and agreements so is that for fracking, drilling & mining on their land. Native Americans need to comment on this. Is it to help the people living there? Or open their lands to harmful development. Senate (GOP) passed it. I see more harm than good. An attempt to take over land by fossil fuel industry which will cause pollution and destruction.
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Scott's Opinion
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12/10/2018
I oppose unless there’s a mandate toward sustainability, oil drilling will be good for no one in the long term.
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Ryan's Opinion
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12/10/2018
It feels super strange to say nay, but after reading what is there it just seems like this bill lets you see what you want to see in it while lowering restrictions without giving a whole lot of support. I agree with some other nays that any push for new energy development in 2018 that isn’t clearly renewable and a step toward a greener lower carbon output is simply tone deaf and likely self interest motivated. We all need to do much more for Native American communities, but this just seems too much like a step to enable exploitation. So from me a conflicted nay.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
  • The senate Passed November 29th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2017

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    The land belongs to them so they have the right to do as they please with it
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    It allows leases and agreements so is that for fracking, drilling & mining on their land. Native Americans need to comment on this. Is it to help the people living there? Or open their lands to harmful development. Senate (GOP) passed it. I see more harm than good. An attempt to take over land by fossil fuel industry which will cause pollution and destruction.
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    Yes, the Indian Tribes (whom we forcefully took their lands) should be allowed to develop & prosper on the few hundred acres the Government allows them! Why don't we bury our heads in shame for murdering & forcing them back & placing them in total dependence on the Government? They are smart & don't need to be controlled or limited!
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    I oppose unless there’s a mandate toward sustainability, oil drilling will be good for no one in the long term.
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    It feels super strange to say nay, but after reading what is there it just seems like this bill lets you see what you want to see in it while lowering restrictions without giving a whole lot of support. I agree with some other nays that any push for new energy development in 2018 that isn’t clearly renewable and a step toward a greener lower carbon output is simply tone deaf and likely self interest motivated. We all need to do much more for Native American communities, but this just seems too much like a step to enable exploitation. So from me a conflicted nay.
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    I would vote yes, but only if it reads clean and sustainable energy.
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    S. 245 Indian Tribal Energy Develop & Self-Determination Act I’m in support Of and recommend passage of Senate bill S. 245 AKA the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 which would make various amendments to existing federal energy programs on tribal lands aimed at giving tribes more autonomy in developing energy resources on their lands. Currently, strict controls on energy development on tribal land make energy development there prohibitive. Giving tribes more autonomy to make decisions about energy development on their lands will empower them to use their lands’ natural resources to lift their communities out of poverty by creating jobs and supplying affordable energy to American consumers. SneakyPete. 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 12*10*18.....
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    Let’s see, should the people from whom we stole the land approach having equal rights and equal say about their own homes to the people who stole their land? Give Amerindians the freedoms we stole.
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    Our history proves that much was taken from Native Americans. Lands, which confined Native Americans, should be theirs to use as they decide. Native Americans have long treated wildlife, lands, waters and air, respectively. Certainly, scientific and conservational information should be provided regarding use of the lands to enrich their lives. What’s interesting here is that our government (especially #45’s administration rescinding of environmental protections placed since the mid1970’s), is destroying our air quality, waters, wildlife, and ecosystems, almost to the brink of irreparable loss. Yet, the same government wishes to dictate to the Native Americans what they can and cannot do on their lands. To prohibit Native Americans to choose for themselves, just continues the practice of hypocrisy that is rampant in our government today.
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    I would like to know how Native Americans view this bill. Votes should be in accordance with their wishes.
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    It is their land. If we prefer they not use their land for their purposes. Then pay them an adequate amount of money to offset our abuse of authority. Unless the deed states no removal of underground minerals they should have the right to do so.
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    It would be up to the tribes to set this up
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    The federal government has used tribal lands for their own gain and sometimes that was done by force. The mistreatment of tribes needs to stop. The government claims the tribes are sovereign yet treats them as if they are not.
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    Native Americans are statistically the most impoverished group of humans in America and the Bureau of Indian Affairs is full of mismanagement. I think the government needs to lay off sticking their fingers in the business of individulal groups, especially Native Americans. Let them have the freedom to choose what they want to do with their reservations and land. Letting them choose their own energy methods is a step in the right direction for the government to loosen their grip on people that need freedom.
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    The real problem here is that politicians have given corporations the money and we have exploited the Native Americans ! Let’s work together exploring new opportunities in Energy and protecting the environment and put aside political lobbyist agendas .
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    While only native Americans lived in North America, the climate remained pristine. They are the only culture wise enough to shepherd their climate.
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    It's their land..Remember it was taken. They shouldn't need permission. Hell yeah..
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    I think that this would be good because it is their land but there should be some small restrictions against not clean energy.
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    Indian tribal land should be sovereign land to do as they please on it. I mean... it is their land after all, we just came along and stole 99% of it.
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    It’s not so much a question of energy development on Native lands as it is a question of “Why are we even talking about fossil fuels?” There are far more efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly energy sources. While it’s obvious we still need fossil fuels (automotive, mostly), less, in this case, is far better. Instead, why don’t we do a solid for the Native population by subsidizing (significantly) costs of construction for wind, solar and hydro generation that they own, and can sell in the open market.
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