Tribes and the Subsurface: Native American Perspectives on Natural Resource Developments in the American West 

March 23, 2017 
Colorado School of Mines 
Student Center Ballrooms B&C 


  • To facilitate open dialogue between tribal members about the challenges and opportunities related to resource development on tribal lands. 
  • To discuss solutions to common development obstacles and strategies for inter-tribal partnership. 
  • To develop a more comprehensive understanding of the unique and changing circumstances affecting energy-producing tribes. 
  • To generate shared goals and objectives regarding tribal representation at the subsurface workshop at the University of Colorado, Center of the American West in May. 
  • To grow a network of tribal representatives who are committed to facilitating the next steps of this collaboration. 
  • To engage undergraduate and graduate students in issues related to natural resource development with tribes on tribal lands. 

Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Patty Limerick, Keynote Address 
    Oil and Gas Development: Applying a historical perspective to contemporary issues. 
  • Leonard Smith, Overview of Economic Development on Tribal Lands 
  • Roger Fragua, Facilitated Discussion  
    What are some of the “Unintended Consequences” of energy production that you have encountered, and how can they be successfully predicted and mitigated? 
  • Roger Fragua, Strategic Planning Discussion 
  • Roger Fragua, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) Analysis 
  • Roger Fragua, Synthesis and Steps Forward