U.S Code last checked for updates: Oct 19, 2019
§ 3501.
In this chapter:
The term “Director” means the Director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Department of Energy.
The term “Indian land” means—
any land located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation, pueblo, or rancheria;
any land not located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation, pueblo, or rancheria, the title to which is held—
in trust by the United States for the benefit of an Indian tribe or an individual Indian;
by an Indian tribe or an individual Indian, subject to restriction against alienation under laws of the United States; or
by a dependent Indian community; and
land that is owned by an Indian tribe and was conveyed by the United States to a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (
For the purpose of paragraph (12) and sections 3503(b)(1)(C) and 3504 of this title, the term “Indian tribe” does not include any Native Corporation.
The term “integration of energy resources” means any project or activity that promotes the location and operation of a facility (including any pipeline, gathering system, transportation system or facility, or electric transmission or distribution facility) on or near Indian land to process, refine, generate electricity from, or otherwise develop energy resources on, Indian land.
The term “Native Corporation” has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602).
The term “organization” means a partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, or other unincorporated association or entity that is established to develop Indian energy resources.
The term “Program” means the Indian energy resource development program established under section 3502(a) of this title.
The term “qualified Indian tribe” means an Indian tribe that has—
carried out a contract or compact under title I or IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) for a period of not less than 3 consecutive years ending on the date on which the Indian tribe submits the application without material audit exception (or without any material audit exceptions that were not corrected within the 3-year period) relating to the management of tribal land or natural resources; or
substantial experience in the administration, review, or evaluation of energy resource leases or agreements or has otherwise substantially participated in the administration, management, or development of energy resources located on the tribal land of the Indian tribe.
The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term “sequestration” means the long-term separation, isolation, or removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, including through a biological or geologic method such as reforestation or an underground reservoir.
The term “tribal energy development organization” means—
any enterprise, partnership, consortium, corporation, or other type of business organization that is engaged in the development of energy resources and is wholly owned by an Indian tribe (including an organization incorporated pursuant to section 5124 of this title or section 5203 of this title); and
any organization of two or more entities, at least one of which is an Indian tribe, that has the written consent of the governing bodies of all Indian tribes participating in the organization to apply for a grant, loan, or other assistance under section 3502 of this title or to enter into a lease or business agreement with, or acquire a right-of-way from, an Indian tribe pursuant to subsection (a)(2)(A)(ii) or (b)(2)(B) of section 3504 of this title.
The term “tribal land” means any land or interests in land owned by any Indian tribe, title to which is held in trust by the United States, or is subject to a restriction against alienation under laws of the United States.
(Pub. L. 102–486, title XXVI, § 2601, as added Pub. L. 109–58, title V, § 503(a), Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 764; amended Pub. L. 115–325, title I, § 105(a), Dec. 18, 2018, 132 Stat. 4455.)
cite as: 25 USC 3501