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Working on Indian Lands: Leases for Energy and Mineral Development

Helpful information about the leasing process when conducting energy and mineral business on Native 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

Sample Leases 

Federal Agencies and Their Roles in the Leasing Process

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