An Equitable Transition? Energy and Economic Development in Tribal Nations

A webinar examining the challenges and opportunities for economic development in Tribal nations during the energy transition.


April 25, 2024


12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

Event Details

Led by a new generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs and supported, in part, by changes in federal government policy, clean energy development on Native American reservations is accelerating. At the same time, some Native nations that rely heavily on fossil fuel production are facing difficult questions about the future of those industries. How are each of these trends affecting broader economic development goals across Native American communities in the United States, and what are the implications for the future?

On Thursday, April 25, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted "An Equitable Transition? Energy and Economic Development in Tribal Nations.” This webinar explored these issues, their environmental implications, and more—featuring leading experts on tribal energy and economic development policy.


  • Eric Henson, Compass Lexecon
  • Pilar Thomas, Quarles & Brady
  • Daniel Raimi, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

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About the Exposure 2024 Series

The Environmental Justice Movement has been a part of community conversations for decades and has finally become a focus of national policy. For many low-income neighborhoods, households of color, tribal communities, and other marginalized groups, environmental injustice compounds a legacy of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement.

In 2021–2022, Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Urban Institute hosted a series of webinars known as Exposure, to bring academic, government, and community leaders together to assess environmental justice research across disciplines while exploring gaps in knowledge. In 2024, RFF is holding a second installment where we will take a deep dive into the equity and environmental justice impacts of federal climate policies, particularly in light of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and novel state policies that reflects Justice40 Initiative priorities.

Click here to learn more about Exposure 2024.


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