Senate Bill 245
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-325 on Dec 18, 2018
Jan 30, 2017
Latest Action
Dec 18, 2018
Origin Chamber
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Bill Number
Policy Area
Native Americans
Native Americans
Primary focus of measure is matters affecting Native Americans, including Alaska Natives and Hawaiians, in a variety of domestic policy settings. This includes claims, intergovernmental relations, and Indian lands and resources.
Sponsorship by Party
North Dakota
North Dakota
Senate Votes (1)
House Votes (1)
November 29, 2017
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S7491-7497; text: CR S7491-7497)

Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017

This bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to revise the Department of Energy (DOE) Indian energy education planning and management assistance program, including to make intertribal organizations eligible for grants.

Eligibility for DOE energy development loan guarantees is expanded to include tribal energy development organizations.

The bill revises provisions regarding energy-related tribal leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way, including to revise the process for the Department of the Interior to approve tribal energy resource agreements. Interior must make available to a tribe the amount Interior would have expended to carry out an activity that the tribe is carrying out pursuant to such an agreement.

This bill amends the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give tribes, in addition to states and municipalities, preference for the receipt of preliminary hydroelectric licenses.

Interior and the Department of Agriculture must enter into agreements with tribes and tribal organizations to carry out demonstration projects to promote biomass energy production.

This bill amends the Energy Conservation and Production Act to revise requirements for home weatherization grants to tribes.

Interior, an affected tribe, or a certified third-party appraiser under contract with the tribe must appraise tribal mineral or energy resources involved in a transaction requiring Interior's approval.

This bill amends the Long-Term Leasing Act to revise limits on leasing of certain lands of the Navajo Nation and the Crow Tribe of Montana.

Text (6)
November 30, 2018
November 30, 2017
November 29, 2017
May 24, 2017
January 30, 2017
Public Record
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