Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure

Tribal Treaty Rights and Energy Infrastructure
7/20/22, 10:00 am - 7/20/22, 11:00 am


This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to attend.


Join the Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) for the second installment of our 2022 summer webinar series. This webinar will examine tribal treaty rights and how they apply to energy infrastructure projects, such as coal terminals and crude oil pipelines. Presenter Kekek Stark, assistant professor of law at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana will describe tribal law and treaty rights, their role in protecting natural resources, and the assertion of those rights by Native American and First Nations tribes as regulatory components to energy infrastructure projects. Stark will also provide historical and present-day examples of treaty interpretation by United States courts.

The HazMaTON is a collaborative of specialists from the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, Hudson River, and St. Lawrence River regions focused on reducing risks associated with multiple modes of oil and other hazardous material transportation. The collaborative is committed to the dissemination of accurate, neutral, and data-driven information through education, outreach, and relationship building in order to improve public safety, the region’s economy, and environmental stewardship of our water resources.


Kekek Stark, Assistant Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Indian Law Program, Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, and Co-Director of the American Indian Governance and Policy Institute at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law of the University of Montana.


Kelsey Prihoda, Sea Grant Great Lakes Transport Extension Educator,

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