Shoshone man joins federal minerals board

Sep 24, 2017 From staff reports

Shoshone Business Council member Leslie Shakespeare has been selected as an alternative member of the "tribal" group being represented on the Department of the Interior's Royalty Policy Committee.

The committee will advise U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

"Working closely with the committee, we will come up with solutions for modernizing the management of public and American Indian assets, while building greater trust and transparency in how we value our nation's public mineral resources," Zinke said."It's important that the taxpayers and tribes get the full and fair value of traditional and renewable energy produced on public lands and offshore areas."

The committee may also advise the Secretary on the potential impacts of proposed policies and regulations related to revenue collection from energy and mineral development on public lands, including whether a need exists for regulatory reform.

This month Zinke appointed 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the committee, including two other representatives from Wyoming: Under states, Zinke selected Gov. Matt Mead's policy advisor Colin McKee as a primary member and Wyoming Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newscastle, as an alternative member.

The Shoshone Business Council nominated Shakespeare after receiving a letter from Zinke proposing the SBC provide tribal representation.

"I'm grateful to be in a position to represent the tribe and the reservation," Shakespeare said.

In the letter of nomination, SBC vice-chairman Vernon Hill said the Wind River Indian Reservation is rich in mineral and energy resources, and the input and advice of Shakespeare would add value to the committee.

"Historically, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe has participated in this committee and played integral roles in legislation such as the Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982," he noted.

The appointment is for a three year term.

"I appreciate your willingness to serve on the committee and look forward to seeing the important contributions that the committee makes to the Department of the Interior's energy mineral resource policy," Zinke wrote to Shakespeare.

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