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Selected Best Practices for Working with Tribes on Energy Projects

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Produced on February 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project has focused national and international attention on the role of American Indian tribes in energy infrastructure projects. This presentation, led by attorney Troy Eid, addresses the increasingly influential role that Native American and Alaska Native tribes and nations play in energy and natural resource development projects, including pipelines and transmission lines, located outside the borders of tribes’ reservation homelands.  

Because many tribes are actively engaged in their own energy development, the presentation also explores legal and business considerations that arise when doing business on-reservation, including tribes’ civil jurisdiction to regulate and adjudicate matters involving non-Indian companies and individuals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how many tribes are actively engaged in their own energy development

  2. Understand the legal and business considerations that arise when doing business on-reservation

  3. Recognize tribes’ civil jurisdiction to regulate and adjudicate matters involving non-Indian companies and individuals

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Troy Eid

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Troy A. Eid is a nationally known legal expert on environmental enforcement, investigations and compliance, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. A former United States Attorney who has served both Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations, and a past state cabinet officer for the State of Colorado, Troy is a trusted public figure in the Rocky Mountain West and Washington, DC, and a familiar face in many federal, state and tribal courtrooms across the country.

Troy, who first joined the firm in 2003, co-founded and co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s American Indian Law Practice Group, one of the largest and highest-rated legal teams in the United States. A principal shareholder with Greenberg Traurig's Denver office, Troy practices at the trial and appellate level. He has successfully defended clients in some of the largest and highest-profile environmental enforcement actions ever filed by U.S. Department of Justice under the Clean Water Act and other federal laws, as well as in grand jury proceedings. Troy is also frequently sought as a mediator and arbitrator, especially in cases involving Indian tribes and tribal enterprises.

An experienced legal project manager, Troy has coordinated various inter-disciplinary legal and consulting teams in numerous large-scale energy infrastructure projects, including natural gas pipelines, transmission lines, highways and railroads. He specializes in civil and criminal investigations involving petroleum-related leaks and spills, uranium contamination, hazardous waste pollution, asbestos, and other environmental and workplace safety matters, as well as health care and hospital-related regulatory, permitting and compliance projects. Troy is also a recognized authority on Native American cultural resource protection and related government-to-government consultation between tribes and the federal government under the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other laws.

Troy is well-respected on both sides of the aisle for his professional knowledge and expertise, especially as it relates to energy, natural resource, criminal justice, and other legal and public policy matters concerning the American West.

He served as Colorado’s United States Attorney from 2006-09, appointed by President George W. Bush. From 2010-14, Troy was elected to chair the Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC), an independent national advisory board created by the Tribal Law and Order Act to advise President Obama and Congress on public safety improvements for all 566 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes and nations. The ILOC’s landmark 2013 report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer, proposes the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in Federal Indian law and policy since the New Deal. Endorsed by the American Bar Association, the ILOC’s Roadmap helped lead to the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act Amendments recognizing tribes’ criminal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators in domestic violence cases.

A recipient of the Navajo Nation Bar Association’s Member of the Year Award, Troy grew up in Colorado and graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has been recognized for distinguished public service by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He was also recognized by Law Week Colorado as Colorado Lawyer of Year for representing the seller of the HealthOne hospital system in Colorado, the largest hospital-related transaction ever in the Rocky Mountain West. 

A regular contributor to the national edition of Native American Law360 and other Law360 publications, Troy teaches energy, natural resources, environmental and Federal Indian law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. He currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Tribal Issues Advisory Board of the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency within the Federal judiciary that is assessing the impact of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in criminal convictions involving Native Americans and Alaska Natives.


Kevin F.

Excellent presenter!

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Sachin D.

This was a great course! Teacher really knew his stuff and while maybe a bit pro pipeline (I say this as an energy lawyer myself) he did a great job with the issues and explanation. A keeper

John A. M.

Extremely timely and well-organized presentation. Highly recommend.

Tiffany A.

Very impressed with the presenter and materials ~ an excellent program!

Julie G.

Terrific presenter.

Eric L.

Best course I’ve listened to so far. Excellent use of Dakota and Ruby pipelines as case studies

Thaddeus A.

This was terrific content... and so very timely and relevant. Philamayaye!

Chris K.

REALLY INTERESTING! I had not known much about Indian Tribal government and jurisdiction at all (energy or non-energy related) and Mr. Eid was terrific in explaining this.

Sarah M.


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Julia R.

excellent presenter. Have him do more presentations.

Glen I.

Very well presented course.

carlos s.

Great stuff!

Rhonda R.

Excellent presentation.

Catherine H.

Great speaker, informative slides, and nice use of relevant photos.

Russ R.

Very informative.

Dava K.

This was one of the best CLEs I've attended in years. Thank you!

Randy P.

Outstanding course!

Michael B.

Very good and technical; may have to watch it again. Also want to watch the rest of his series. Very good! Thanks

Jay H.

Excellent presentation.

Suzanne V.

Excellent presentation. Very interesting and informative.

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Richard C.

Another truly excellent course on Indian affairs and laws. Wonderful presenter.

Jayne W.

fascinating, well spoken and easy to listen to and understand. Very relevant topic!! thanks,

Catherine H.

thanks, this was a great presentation & I hope the speaker will do more in this area in the future - not easy to get tribal law CLE's - so maybe save yourself & don't do them all in one day so you'll want to come back!

stephen m.

excellent program

Erik V.

This was my favorite Lawline CLE thus far!

Kathleen C.


Charles F.

Excellent speaker- -one of your best..

Julie A. B.

This concluding segment in Lawline’s thoughtful, eye-opening four-part CLE journey that explores the captivating world of Federal Indian Law is capably captained again by Troy Eid and does not disappoint. Eid’s intellectual firepower is fully displayed as he navigates, informs, exposes and explains a complex, specialized area of law. The curriculum features an array of issues that clearly animate the speaker, including the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Project which has riveted national as well as international attention.

Jonathon J.

I watched three of your presentations today. This is a fascinating topic. In particular I commend you for presenting the DAPL subject matter in a factual, non-biased, and non-political way. As a result, I have a better appreciation and understanding of this subject matter that I did not have prior to watching your presentation. I also appreciated the way you followed it up by offering positive suggestions on working together to solve problems that come up on these expansive projects.

Jeffrey H.

good bkgrd on DAPL

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