Republicans urge Jewell to back oil, gas development on tribal lands

05/15/2013 | Hill, The

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell should encourage more oil and natural gas development on Indian reservations, Republicans on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee said. On some sites, "oil and gas and coal reserves held in trust by the United States for the tribe, for its members, represent by far the number one best opportunity for prosperity for that tribe in that location," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the panel's top Republican. "We should be asking the tribes, not the Sierra Club or the policy wonks in some think tank or some university, what they want to do with their homelands," he added.

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