Trump Administration wants to privatize Indian Land Reservations for Oil Extraction

Trump planning to privatize oil-rich Native American reservations

A team of advisers in the Trump administrations are planning on trying to privatize oil-rich Native American reservations. The reservations the Trump administration is planning on stealing are ruled by Native Americans as sovereign nations. 

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.

Now, a group of advisers to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.

The tribes have rights to use the land, but they do not own it. They can drill it and reap the profits, but only under regulations that are far more burdensome than those applied to private property.

sources: reuters. edited by editorial team

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