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 In 1997, Hobbs Straus lawyers assisted the Susanville Indian Rancheria become one of the first tribes in the country to use the provisions of ISDEAA to successfully acquire Department of Army surplus property in trust under the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

Federal Legislation & Rulemaking

  • Monitor and assist tribes in promoting federal legislation for tribal-specific resource legislation, including land-transfers, energy issues, and grant programs for tribal governments.
  • Provide legislative advocacy in Congress to include tribal governments in its broad energy and environmental legislative initiatives, such as legislation relating to climate change.
  • Address tribal concerns to federal agencies during the rulemaking process.
  • Monitor proposed federal rulemaking affecting tribal interests, and update tribes, tribal entities, and tribal officials about significant rulemaking developments through its E-flash updates.
  • Draft comments to federal agencies on environmental, cultural, and natural resources issues.
  • Work with federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency in the development of rules and guidance affecting tribal interests.
  • Assist tribes in acquiring Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERA) for limited purposes or broad policy objectives.
  • Work with tribes to develop programs under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and other federal environmental legislation.
  • Assist tribes and tribal organizations in resolving NEPA issues.


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