Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERAs): Approval Process and Selected Issues for Congress [July 9, 2020] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Document: "Congress provided federally recognized Indian tribes the option to enter into a Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) with the federal government in the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005 (ITEDSA 2005; P.L. 109-58, Title V). TERAs offer tribes increased administrative and regulatory control over Indian energy projects. If the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) approves a TERA, a tribe can enter into leases and business agreements for the purpose of energy resource development on tribal land or grant rights-of-way over tribal lands for pipelines or for electricity transmission or distribution lines, without requiring the Secretary's review and approval for each lease, business agreement, or right-of-way."
CRS Report for Congress, R46446
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/