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Indian leaders want energy development streamlined


American Indian leaders on Thursday asked Congress to streamline the development of energy projects on tribal lands by curbing some federal oversight and providing incentives for companies to strike deals with reservations. Re s e r v a t i o n s f r o m Oklahoma to Montana and Alaska sit atop large amounts of oil, natural gas and coal. Others in wind-swept regions of the Northern Plains and on the West Coast have huge renewable energy potential. But existing government rules make it easier for energy companies to pursue projects on non-tribal land, some members of Congress and tribal leade...

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