Tribal Energy Management Seminar Series

Whether you are a tribal leader making decisions about energy resources, a government official building knowledge of tribal issues, or an industry representative working in Indian country, an exciting new seminar series at San Juan College School of Energy is designed to meet your needs.

 

The five seminars, each one week long, comprise a variety of interactive presentations along with insight from highly respected guest lecturers.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of how energy projects are executed in Indian Country by covering a curriculum rich with science, technology, government and tribal regulations, private sector involvement, and historical, cultural and political issues.  The last seminar takes participants on a series of field trips to four reservations for an in depth look at Tribal energy businesses.

While seminar attendees who are not seeking a SJC degree are not required to attend all of the seminars, they should find the entire sequence to be valuable.

The cost per each seminar for professional non-degree seeking participants is $600. This includes participation in a four (4) day seminar held at San Juan College, all printed support material, lunches, interactive sessions with guest lecturers, and a certificate of completion for the seminar.

 

TEMS 110:  Introduction to Federal Indian Policy – October 23-27, 2017

Federal Indian Policy from ‘emergent’ to current times, showing the evolving relationship between the U.S. government and the Indian Tribes and the impact that past policies and treaties have on current situations.

Detailed Description:
This seminar presents an overview of the history of Federal Indian Policy from ‘emergent’ to current times. Through segmenting this history as eight eras or periods, the participant will better understand the evolving relationship between the U.S. government and the Indian Tribes within its borders, illuminating the impact that past policies and treaties have on current protocols

 

TEMS 211: Introduction to Indian Energy: Water, Land, Minerals– December 4-8, 2017

North American land, mineral, and water resources; locations of resources; ownership, use, and management of these resources; interfaces among tribal, state and federal agencies over these resources.

Detailed Description:
This seminar focuses on North American energy resources, including land, minerals, and water.  By understanding where energy resources are located and the end-user infrastructure that exists, participants will begin to appreciate the tribes’, states’, and country’s reliance on these resources.  The seminar explores the basis for tribal ownership of energy resources and tribal management of these resources. The interface and potential conflict among tribal, state and federal agencies over the use and management of these resources is also discussed, along with the critical position that water holds in the delivery of these resources.

 

TEMS 210: Introduction to Tribal Governance, Sovereignty, and Regulations– January 22-26, 2018

The impact of the Federal Indian Policy on tribal sovereignty and governance, regulatory topics legislated and enforced at a federal, state, and tribal level; permitting and other controls implemented by tribal governments.

Detailed Description:
This seminar reviews the impact of the Federal Indian Policy on tribal sovereignty and governance, as well as regulatory topics legislated and enforced at a federal, state, and tribal level. It also includes a foundational view of permitting processes, drilling plan requirements, zoning restrictions, and other controls implemented by tribal governments with the purpose of protecting tribal resources and utilizing the resources in the best interest of the tribe.

 

TEMS 212: Introduction to Tribal Business, Finance, and Human Resources– February 26-March 1, 2018

Energy business systems and structures; business language; accounting; strategic planning; unique challenges inherent to tribal energy businesses.  Emphasis on ethical and social responsibility, tribal community issues.

Detailed Description:
This seminar provides participants with a basic understanding of some forms of energy business ownership and the language of business and managerial accounting on tribal and non-tribal lands.  Using actual case studies, participants experience how a strategic plan is created, and some of the unique challenges inherent to tribal energy businesses.  All topics emphasize ethical and social responsibility and specific issues experienced in energy development in tribal communities.

 

TEMS 213: Doing Business on Tribal Lands: A Practical Approach – April 9-13, 2018

Travel to four reservations to interface with tribal leaders; focus on real energy projects on tribal lands. Application of content from previous TEM seminars such as cultural influences, respecting local tribal leadership.

Detailed Description:
This seminar takes participants out to visit four reservations in the Four Corners area for a first-hand look at how business is executed on tribal land. Participants will interface with tribal leaders and tribal employees to learn about real energy projects on tribal lands. Application of knowledge and theories from previous TEM Seminars, such as recognition and appreciation of cultural influences and the importance of respecting local tribal leadership in conducting business activities, will be integrated in this Seminar.