8 tribal members appointed to federal Royalty Policy Committee
WASHINGTON — On Sept. 1, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, which will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.
The Committee’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4. According to the U.S. Department of Indian Affairs, the following tribal members were appointed to the committee as primary members: Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation; Christopher Adam Red, Southern Ute Indian Tribe; Charles Robertson, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; and Everett Waller, Osage Minerals Council.
The following tribal members were appointed as alternate members: Bidtah Becker, Navajo Nation; Leslie Shakespeare, Eastern Shoshone Tribe; Neil McCaleb, Chickasaw Nation; and Harry Barnes, Blackfeet Nation.
“Working closely with the committee, we will come up with solutions for modernizing the management of public and American Indian assets, while building greater trust and transparency in how we value our nation’s public mineral resources,” Secretary Zinke said in a press release. “It’s important that the taxpayers and tribes get the full and fair value of traditional and renewable energy produced on public lands and offshore areas.”
Non-federal members will serve three-year terms. The Secretary appointed Vincent DeVito, Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy, as Chairman of the Committee.
The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on the Committee website at http://www.doi.gov/rpc. The meeting is open to members of the public.
AB264 was just one of eight Tribal-related bills that have either been signed into law this session, or were adopted by the Legislature and await Sisolak’s approval, highlighting one of the most successful legislative sessions in the history of Nevada in terms of Native American affairs.