Legal Alert - The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands
by Joyce K. Wright, Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Mark D. Ohre, James M. Susa, Craig R. McPike and Christopher P. Colyer
New regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) applicable to tribal leases will have far reaching impacts on businesses, particularly renewable energy projects, utilizing tribal lands.
On November 27, 2012, the DOI announced the issuance of a revised set of regulations, governing business, residential and renewable energy leases on tribal lands. The revised regulations are intended to clarify leasing requirements, expedite lease approvals and provide greater tribal independence. The regulations, found at 25 C.F.R. Part 162, become effective on January 4, 2013.