|We believe the Native American Nations will begin leading the way with alternative energy resources and effective waste management while preserving the environment. The Native Nations are positioning themselves to be at the forefront of new technologies. We will see the energy industry grow steadily for at least the next 20 years as Tribes continue to diversify economies in to health care, energy, technology, natural resources, responsible manufacturing and other industries to further employment, education and self sufficiency. It is the goal of TMA to continue to increase in size and expertise of operations to accommodate the growth of Native America.
DOE geological surveys estimate there are 5 billion barrels of oil, 37 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 58 billion tons of coal on Indian reservations. About 25 percent of the known onshore oil and gas resources are on tribal lands. Yet only about 4 percent of the tribal energy resources are in production.
In terms of renewable resources, geological experts say of the 360 reservations in the lower 48 states, 118 have biomass potential and 77 have wind resources.
The full potential of energy resources is difficult to gauge. Of the 15 million acres of potential tribal energy and mineral resources, only 2.1 million acres are being explored and developed.
U.S. Department of Energy experts believe 10 percent to 14 percent of the nation's traditional fossil fuels, gas and renewable energy resources can be found on the 59 million acres that make up the country's Indian reservations, land held in federal trust and deeded to tribal governments and individual tribal citizens.