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2022 DEMD PIA Sessions

Dates: July 18, 2022 1:52 pm to August 18, 2022 5:00 pm

Course Catalog

Large-Scale Energy Development

Wed 7/20/2022 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CT

In the face of climate change and conventional powerplant shutdowns, it is more important than ever to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster the U.S. power grid with clean energy. By participating in large, utility-scale energy development tribes can address these issues, while generating revenue and spurring economic development. This session will explore the large-scale resource opportunities in the Midwest Region, along with key business strategies for how tribes can play a role. From grant dollars to free technical assistance, Department of the Interior's Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) has a wealth of resources available to assist Tribes in reaching their energy goals.


  • Kyle Levin, Mechanical Engineer, Renewable and Distributed Generation, Division of Energy and Mineral Development


Office of Trust Services

Mon 7/25/2022 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT

Office of Trust Services will discuss goals, priorities and opportunities available such as:

  • General Overview of OTS
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • Geospatial Support
  • Tract Viewer - Pilot Projects
  • OPM Organization Design Review - Region Pilot Projects
  • DWP Dashboard Demo
  • Division of Energy and Minerals Development Overview
  • DEMD - Tribal Portfolios
  • Indian Energy Service Center Overview
  • TEDO
  • Realty Strike Team
  • And more


  • Johnna Blackhair, Deputy Bureau Director
  • Trina Locke, Chief, Division of Program Management and Coordination
  • Nathan Lillie, Natural Resources Specialist (Special Projects)
  • David Fisher, Chief, Division of Water and Power
  • Winter Jojola-Talburt, Division Chief (Acting), Division of Energy and Minerals Development (DEMD)
  • Jennifer Reiman, Supervisory Civil Engineer, Branch Chief, Renewable and Distributed Generation, DEMD
  • Payton Batliner, Economic Development Specialist, Branch Chief, Business Services, DEMD
  • Dennis Bodenchuk, Branch Chief, Solid Minerals, DEMD
  • Daniel Kaim, Branch Chief, National Indian Oil & Gas, Energy and Minerals System (NIOGEMS), DEMD
  • Albert Bond, Acting Chief, Indian Energy Service Center
  • Carla Clark, Acting Chief, Division of Real Estate Services
  • Sharon Kidman, HEARTH Act Coordinator


Creating a Tribal Energy or Mineral Business

Tue 8/9/2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Do you have an energy or mineral project you would like to see come to fruition? Maybe you have multiple projects your tribe would like to develop. The Branch of Business Services within the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) can assist you with answering the critical questions you may have that are preventing you from crossing the finish line. How do we prioritize our projects? How do we raise money? What business structure should we use? Who should run the business? And most critically, will this business make money?! Attendees will learn about the free Technical Assistance that is available from the DEMD's Branch of Business Services that will help you answer these questions and more.


  • Payton Batliner, Branch Chief, Business Services, Division of Energy and Mineral Development
  • Jeffery Sanders, Financial Manager, Business Services, Division of Energy and Mineral Development


Electric Vehicles: Resources and Opportunities

Wed 8/10/2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

President Biden’s agenda calls to accelerate and create opportunities for the adoption of electric vehicles, with an ambitious target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emission electric vehicles. As a step towards achieving this goal, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $7.5 billion to build out a national electric vehicle charging network. In this session, attendees will learn about available electric vehicle development resources from other federal agencies to support their electric vehicle goals. Collectively, these initiatives create opportunities for Tribal Nation’s to not only build out charging networks and infrastructure, but also pursue new sources of revenue and job creation inherent across the life-cycle of the electric vehicle industry.


  • Winter Jojola-Talburt, Division Chief (Acting), Division of Energy and Mineral Development


Resources for Tribal Electric Utility Formation

Wed 8/17/2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CT

The Electric Utility market throughout Indian Country is largely owned, operated, and controlled by third party, incumbent utilities, who may or may not have the Tribe’s best interests in mind. Tribes need to, and many are, taking a more active role in managing these electric utility assets. From deploying innovative distributed energy projects to simply managing utility bills in a more proactive manner, tribes can begin building the much needed capacity to participate in the energy market. In this session attendees will learn about available resources from the Department of the Interior's Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) to establish your own electric utility. From Grant dollars to free Technical Assistance, DEMD has a wealth of resources available to assist Tribes in reaching their energy goals.


  • Payton Batliner, Branch Chief, Business Services, Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), 
  • Jennifer Reimann, Branch Chief, Renewable and Distributed Generation, DEMD 
  • Jeffrey Sanders, Finance Manager, Business Services, DEMD


How to Turn Piles of Rocks into Piles of Money

Thu 8/18/2022 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CT

In these times of supply chain issues, staggering inflation, and high energy costs, wouldn’t it be refreshing to learn about an Indian operated company that bucks the trend and is highly successful right out of the chute? We are talking about changing a Tribes aggregate resources into viable economic engines. Welcome to the Division of Energy and Mineral Development’s (DEMD) comprehensive business approach to aggregate development. This technical assistance is a broad based approach that begins with determining the quality and quantity of the aggregate resource and ends with the establishment of a fully functioning aggregate business. It utilizes the multiple skill sets of DEMD technical staff. It is both hands on and proactive. The varied skill sets brought to a project include:

  • GEOLOGY--Assessment of a resource's quality and quantity
  • ENGINEERING--Mine modeling, equipment needs, Capex/Opex calculations, economic analyses, mine andreclamation plans.
  • MARKETING---local/regional sales forecasts, market forecasting, existing and future competition
  • FINANCIAL ANALYSIS--short/long term income streams, financial documents, potential lenders, government contracts, grants
  • LOANS--BIA Loan Guarantees, working with local/regional/national lending institutions
  • LAND MANAGEMENT--consolidation of Tribal lands, identification of desirable land acquisitions, fee to trust

A specific example of the successful application of this comprehensive approach to resource development is DEMD’s assistance to the Fort Independence Paiute Tribe, located in east-central California. In approximately one year the Tribe now has a tribally owned and operated sand & gravel quarry company named Grinding Rock Aggregates (GRA). GRA has created a state-of-the-art sand & gravel quarry processing facility and is operating in a high demand market with limited competition for aggregates sales. GRA is currently producing over 1,500 tons per day of clean aggregate of several size and quality classes for different construction projects. In years two, three, four and five projected net profits amount to more than $3 million per year.

Long term projected sales through 2030, in the area where GRA is located are about 2030 include $200 million in gross revenue based on a projected need of 18 million tons of aggregate. GRA is poised to become a key supplier for these long-term projects.

How’s that for a “startup” company?


  • Dennis Bodenchuk, Deputy Division Chief (Acting), Branch Chief, Solid Minerals, Division of Energy and Economic Development (DEMD)
  • Christopher Benson, Minerals Geologist, Solid Minerals, DEMD


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