Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Tribal Energy in the Northwest

Recent developments in federal policies, new state initiatives and expanding opportunities for energy development in Indian country.

October 22 & 23, 2007
Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, tribal and governmental representatives, decision makers in energy, and financial institution executives

Why Attend

Tribes are increasingly developing their own utilities and power generation, forming joint ventures and building new alliances with utilities and energy companies. Our "Tribal Energy in the Northwest Conference" looks at recent developments in Federal policies and new state renewable energy initiatives that create opportunities for tribes, including grant funding and the development of renewable energy including wind, biomass, wave and solar. Our conference will explore these opportunities as well as related transmission issues, formation of business entities, bond financing and environmental regulations. Our distinguished faculty will provide attorneys, program managers, agency officials and executives with key information on successful tribal energy development. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore ever expanding opportunities for energy development in Indian country. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Sharon I. Haensly, Esq. and J.D. Williams, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Updates on federal tribal energy policies ~ State energy policy goals and the role of the Tribes ~ Renewable energy opportunities and challenges on tribal lands ~ Transmission issues for tribal generation and utility projects ~ Business structures for tribal energy projects ~ What makes a tribal energy project attractive to investors ~ Financing tribal energy projects ~ Due diligence and environmental compliance issues ~ A to-do list for starting a tribal utility


Monday, October 22, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Sharon I. Haensly, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC / Seattle, WA
  J.D. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Law Office of JD Williams / Portland, OR
8:45 am Opening Address: Update on Federal Tribal Energy Policies & Their Implications for the Pacific Northwest
  The role of tribal energy development as part of the administration's overall energy policy; grants and other funding opportunities; recent legislative proposals and other policy initiatives to promote tribal energy development
  A. David Lester, Esq., Executive Director
Council of Energy Resource Tribes / Denver, CO
9:30 am State Energy Policy Goals
  How the states’ renewable energy and other energy initiatives might play out in Indian country
  The Hon. Patrick J. Oshie, Esq., Commissioner
Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA
  Diana Enright, Assistant Director Renewables Division
Oregon Department of Energy / Salem, OR
  The Hon. Curtis D. McKenzie, Senator District 12
McKenzie Law Offices / Boise, ID
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Renewable Energy Opportunities & Challenges on Tribal Lands in the Pacific Northwest
  Utility-scale wind projects (25 MW or larger): The current market
  Ty Daul, Vice President Business Development - Renewables
PPM Energy, Inc / Portland, OR
  Small scale wind projects
  Roger "Sassy" Running Crane, Vice Chair
Blackfeet Nation / Browning, MT
  The elements involved in building a wind farm and the relative advantages and disadvantages of development on Pacific Northwest tribal lands from the developer’s perspective
  Scott Piscitello, Vice President of Development
RES America Development / Portland, OR
  Ethanol & biodiesel opportunities for Pacific Northwest Tribes
  Terry Fredericks
Three Affiliated Tribes / New Town, ND
  Hal B.H. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Firetail Energy Systems / Kirkland, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Renewable Energy Opportunities (con’t)
  Wave Project
  Diana Enright, Assistant Director Renewables Division
Oregon Department of Energy / Salem, OR
  Bioenergy: Fuel supply in the NW and other elements of a successful biomass project; spotlight on Oregon tribes
  Frederick Tornatore, Partner/Senior VP
TSS Consultants / Rancho Cordova, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Transmission Issues for Tribal Generation & Utility Projects
  The newest federal bills; update on developments and decisions after the joint Department of Energy/Department of the Interior Section 1831 Right of Way Study
  Sharon I. Haensly, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Renewal of transmission lines on reservations and opportunities for development as part of renewal negotiations
  Chris Clark-Deschene, Esq.
Schaff & Clark-Deschene LLC / Boulder, CO
  The general state of transmission in the Pacific Northwest, who is advocating what in the long-running debate among the stakeholders, and what it means for Tribal generation projects
  Tribal perspective
  Joseph P. Hovenkotter, Esq., Staff Attorney
Confederated Tribes of the Salish & Kootenai / Pablo, MT
5:00 pm Native American Tribal Energy Company's Tariff Audits
  How Tribes can verify their correct rate for utilities, including power, gas, telephone and water, to avoid overpaying their utility bills
  Roger Fragua, Deputy Director
Council of Energy Resource Tribes / Denver, CO
5:30 pm End of Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Sharon I. Haensly, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC / Seattle, WA
  J D Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Law Office of JD Williams / Portland, OR
8:45 am Business Structures for Tribal Energy Projects
  J D Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Law Office of JD Williams / Portland, OR
9:30 am Getting the Deal Done: Keys to a Successful Transaction and What Makes a Tribal Energy Project Attractive to Investors
  Douglas MacCourt, Esq.
Ater Wynne LLP / Portland, OR
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Financing Tribal Energy Projects
  Financial assumptions and preparing/analyzing the proforma
  Robert M. Adler, Esq., President
Tribal Energy Development L.L.C. / Washington, DC
  Bonds and Debt/Equity financing: Alternative ways to finance; general checklist for due diligence items used by investors/lenders
  Townsend Hyatt, Esq.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Portland, OR
  Taking advantage of training & grant opportunities: Department of Energy grants; Energy Policy Act grant authority and appropriations
  Steve Grey, Director Indian Affairs
Dept. of Energy/Lawrence Livermore Laboratory / Shiprock, NM
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Due Diligence & Environmental Compliance Issues for Tribal Energy Projects
  Project related due diligence and related issues, including arbitration clauses and limited sovereign immunity waivers, in connection with energy projects on and outside Indian reservations
  Michael P. O'Connell, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
  Environmental compliance for hazardous waste
  Connie Sue Manos Martin, Esq.
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Starting a Tribal Utility
  To-do list for tribes considering starting a tribal utility
  Ray Wiseman, General Manger
Yakama Power / Toppenish, WA
4:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.5 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel at 1415 Fifth Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101. Call the hotel directly at (206) 971-8000 for reservations. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Sharon I. Haensly, Program Co-Chair, of counsel with Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC's tribal law practice, focuses on advising tribal governments and businesses. She is experienced in environmental, land use and natural resources and cultural resources protection, and has practiced before state and federal agencies and courts. Previously, she was a staff attorney with the Swinomish Tribe and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

J.D. Williams is an attorney in Portland representing Indian tribes, tribal members, economic developers and others in Indian country. He focuses on energy law including representing tribes before FERC, establishing tribal utilities, tribal energy marketing, transmission easements, and developing both renewable and non-renewable generation for tribes. He is a member of both Washington and Oregon bars as well as federal and tribal courts. He also acts as an appellate judge for tribal courts.

A. David Lester (Muscogee Creek) is Executive Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes. Previously he was Commissioner for Native Americans in the Department of Health and Human Services and was the founding president of the United Indian Development Association.

Robert M. Adler, a general partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of O’Connor & Hannan, LLP, and President of Tribal Energy Development L.L.C., works with Tribes to explore the development of electric energy projects and develop other viable projects.

Chris Clark-Deschene, partner at Schaff & Clark-Deschene LLC, works for tribal governments and their energy enterprises and utilities. He has helped tribal leaders negotiate energy agreements including rights-of-way, leases, and development contracts. He is the in-house attorney for Dine' Power Authority.

Hal B.H. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., with Firetail Energy Systems is an engineer who works on both energy and transportation projects in North Dakota. He is a specialist in coal and wind power projects and electric transmission plus electrified railroads.

Ty Daul, Vice-President, Business Development - Renewables PPM Energy, Inc., is responsible for PPM’s North American renewable energy development and project acquisitions. He has been involved in PPM’s wind business development including the development of over 1,000 MW of operating wind projects and projects currently under construction.

Diana Enright, Assistant Director, Renewable Energy Division, Oregon Department of Energy, directs a staff of technical experts and policy advisors who develop renewable energy and alternative fuels projects, and is responsible for implementing Governor Kulongoski’s Climate Change Initiative and Renewable Energy Action Plan and is the agency’s tribal liaison.

Terry Fredericks, of Three Affiliated Tribes, is co-founder of project Nu’eta Nation Builders (Twin Buttes Custom Homes Inc.), Project Manager for development and installment of the first Tribally-Owned 65 kW wind turbine, Vice-President Intertribal Council On Utility Policy’ (COUP), recent recipient of the World Clean Energy Award for the Intertribal COUP Wind Development Plan and President of Firetail Energy Systems Inc.

Steve Grey, Chairman of the Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and a member on the Board of Directors for the Navajo Technical College, is with the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He oversees the LLNL American Indian Program and manages the DOE/LLNL field office.

Joseph P. Hovenkotter, Staff Attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, represents the Tribes in their energy, transportation, real property and natural resource/land use issues.

Townsend Hyatt, partner with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, is leader of the firm's Indian Tribal Finance practice. He is listed by Chambers USA - America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the area of Native American Law and Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Native American and Public Finance Law.

Douglas MacCourt, partner at Ater Wynne LLP and Co-Chair of the firm's Tribal Business Practice, has represented public, private, and tribal clients on land use, natural resources, environmental and energy matters. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Connie Sue Manos Martin, an attorney with Marten Law Group PLLC, focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation with special expertise in matters involving Indian tribes. She has twice been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Washington Law and Politics magazine.

The Hon. Curtis D. McKenzie, is an Idaho State Senator for District 12, Canyon County and the citizens of the state of Idaho. He is also the founder of McKenzie Law Offices, PLLC, practicing in the areas of Civil Litigation and Complex Business Litigation.

Michael P. O'Connell, partner with Stoel Rives LLP, advises clients on stormwater permits, citizen suit notice letters, stormwater permit litigation, water rights, permitting for large projects on and outside Indian reservations, and business transactions with Indian tribes.

The Hon. Patrick J. Oshie was appointed to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) in 2001. Previously, a partner in his Yakima law firm, he specialized in federal Indian and environmental law. He is a member of Energy Resources and the Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves as the committeeís Vice-Chair.

Scott Piscitello, Vice President of Development at RES America Developments, a wind energy company, focuses on the development of wind energy projects in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Roger "Sassy" Running Crane is the Vice Chair of the Blackfeet Nation.

Frederick Tornatore, Vice President, Environmental and Technology Services, TSS Consultants, focuses on environmental management & regulatory compliance, energy development, permitting and environmental impact analyses, and technology evaluation. Previously, he was manager of the California Energy Commission's Geothermal Marketing Program.

Ray Wiseman, appointed the General Manager of Yakama Power by the Tribal Council, focuses on the expansion of the Tribal utility to serve the entire reservation, and the production of energy from renewable sources on the reservation.