We are honored to present the followings speakers: Tex G. Hall, Chairman, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation; Ben Shelly, President, Navajo Nation; Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians; Derrick Watchman, Chairman, National Center for American Indian Enterprise; Wayne Greenberg, Former President of Financial Times Energy-London; Arthur Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment; Ernie Stevens, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association; followed by many more. We are also honored to announce a special conference event, the David Lester Memorial and Tribal Leadership Award Ceremony.
This historic event will highlight the process of strategic energy planning and development for Tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty and economies. All Tribal lands have some usable energy resources such as conventional fuels, renewables, transmission, utility formation potential or efficiency options. Therefore, each Tribe has the opportunity to develop energy resources on their own or form joint ventures and build new alliances with other strategic business partners.
As an attendee, you will learn more about what leads to success, how other Tribes have developed successful energy projects, exploring new energy technologies and the impacts of fracking, and many other informative sessions. We will engage in discussions with major utilities on how the new right-of-way market correction can benefit all parties and may directly lead to developing new projects. In addition, you will learn about the “Indian Energy Movement” from the Tribal leaders that made it happen. Also included will be discussion of the formation of a new national Tribal energy organization so Tribes can speak with a united voice when working with federal and state governments and the private sector.