Established in 2012, the Stegner Center’s Law and Policy Program provides actionable and pragmatic research on emerging issues affecting public lands, agency decision making, indigenous peoples, resource management, and climate change. We aim to provide real time analysis that protects the environment and promotes a just and democratic society through wise and thoughtful policies.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Changing LandscapeNov 09, 2023
In 2003, Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior, observed, “The day is coming, I believe, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), so often dismissed as the Bureau of Livestock and Mining, will be better known as the Bureau of Landscapes and Monuments.” Twenty years later, it is still uncertain whether Babbit’s statement was prescient or aspirational. However, the BLM appears poised to take a meaningful step toward the latter moniker.
Sympathy alone cannot close the water gap in Indian CountrySep 28, 2023
Yesterday the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing on tribal access to water—a neglected issue that is increasingly recognized but still unaddressed. […]
Determining the reasonableness of permitting timeframes: Lessons from the Canadian criminal justice systemAug 28, 2023
It has been almost a year since Senator Manchin thrust the phrase “permit reform” onto center stage, arguing that the permitting process for energy projects […]
A permanent homeland for the Navajo Nation requires access to waterAug 03, 2023
Born on the Navajo Nation reservation, it was several years before I became aware of the stark difference in resources available on the reservation versus […]
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