Letter to the Editor: Our Own Energy Companies

Dear Editor,

I am writing this in response to an article in the February, 2011 issue of News From Indian Country, titled “NCAI President: Unleash energy on tribal lands.” In the article it was stated, “Existing government rules make it easier for energy companies to pursue projects on nontribal land. As a result, tribes often miss out on the chance to develop their natural resources.”

Why doesn’t the National Congress of American Indians then develop rules and regulations that would make tribal lands more accessible to the energy companies?

Or even develop nationwide tribal energy companies that could help each other “to achieve the goals of energy independence and economic growth.”

Sincerely, Vicki Pierce
Irving, New York