Indian Affairs | Mineral Opportunities


Division of Energy and Mineral Development staff provides technical assistance for Indian tribes and allottees in assessing and developing their mineral and aggregate resources. Our goal is to support tribes through the difficult resource evaluation and marketing study stages and to assist in bringing mineral and aggregate resources into production or into profitable joint ventures with seasoned, well-financed industrial partners.

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Tribes can employ a variety of business approaches to develop aggregate production on their reservations.  They can elect to set up their own business ventures or partner with existing private contracting companies. Typically, tribal corporations may approach the aggregate supply business in the following scenarios: 

•    Operate as a stand-alone producer of aggregate products

•    Operate in a joint venture with an aggregate company

•    Lease their land and aggregate resources to an existing producer and collect
      royalties for tonnages processed and sold

•    Develop peripheral businesses to the aggregate production that could preferentially
      keep them profitably involved in the local or regional business scene.  Such
      businesses might include trucking companies, landscaping services, decorative
      stone sales, or constructor installation and supply support

The following tribes are actively pursuing mineral development on their lands:

Metlakatla Cover   Quinault Cover   Tyonek Cover



Significant  limestone resources are found on tribal lands. DEMD staff are currently working with several tribes to pursue development of this important resource.

 Crow Limestone Cover


For more information contact:
Dennis Bodenchuk