Cole Supports Native American Energy Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, released the following statement after he supported H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act. The legislation lessens the federal regulatory burden imposed on the Native American tribes or individual tribal landowners when they seek to develop the natural resources on land that is held in federal trust.
“I am pleased that the Native American Energy Act aims to set tribal communities up for greater success by making it easier for them to initiate development of the natural resources present on their lands,” said Cole. “Passage of this legislation not only reins in needless federal barriers hurting tribes from realizing the economic benefits of energy development, but it directly benefits the surrounding communities and entire United States in the process.”