Indian Affairs | Working on Indian Lands

Working on Indian Lands

On this page you will find useful information about doing business on Indian lands.

  • Mineral and Surface Ownership Classifications
    • Tribal - federal lands owned by a tribe
    • Allotted - individually owned federal trust acreage
    • Fee - non trust individuals who could be Indian or non Indian who own lands on reservations
  • Lease Samples
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance must be met which may include categorical exclusion (CATEX), environmental assessments (EA), and environmental impact statements (EIS).
  • Federal agencies and their respective roles in the leasing process
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) - lead agency on lease agreements up to the point of signing an agreement
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - reviews leases and reclamation issues
    • Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) - formerly Minerals Management Service, reviews royalty rate provisions to ensure clarity of calculations and distributes royalty payments
    • Office of Surface Mining (OSM) - reviews mining leases