Approaches to Collaborating with Tribes on Relicensing and License Implementation
It would be difficult to identify a river in North America that does not have economic, cultural and spiritual significance to one or more Native American Tribes and First Nations. It is critically important that hydro operators recognize the significance of this and seek new and manage existing licenses in collaboration with affected Tribes and First Nations. This panel will explore what a tribal perspective in natural resource decision-making means in different contexts, important protocols for early and continuous collaboration with Tribes and the layers of influence and authority that Tribes can exert in regulatory processes. Panelists will bring recent experiences to share and will invite participants to ask questions and contribute their own ideas to the group.
Who Should Attend: Natural resource managers, utility leaders, community engagement and government relations specialists.
Why You Should Attend: Tribes have interests and rights in watersheds that must be respected in any natural resource process but especially in the context of FERC license implementation and relicensing. It is increasingly difficult to achieve regulatory approvals without proactive and collaborative partnerships with Tribes.
Matt Love, Moderator
Partner, Cascadia Law Group