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National Tribal Energy Roundtable to discuss critical minerals Jan. 9

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The National Tribal Energy Roundtable will hold a webinar from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 on how Tribes can become more involved in the energy industry through critical minerals mining, research and manufacturing.

“Our biggest question is how will Tribes and Tribal Energy contribute to our future and what will that look like?” National Tribal Energy Association Director Daniel Cardenas said in a LinkedIn post highlighting the event. “We will share our voices and visions, with the ultimate goal of helping to develop a National Tribal Energy Policy.”

Cardenas, Crow Tribe Energy/Water Resource Director Conrad “C.J.” Stewart, Department of Energy Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains Chief of Staff Zach Valdez, University of Michigan Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Adam Simon and Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, the roundtable speakers, will address critical minerals development in general and specific to tribes, the event announcement said.

This is the third of six talks. Registration for the webinar is here.

Wyoming State Geological Survey said critical minerals are non-fuel mineral or mineral material that are essential to manufacturing products to support the U.S. economy and national security and whose supply chain is vulnerable to disruption.

Priority critical minerals in the Powder River Basin include titanium, vanadium, aluminium and cobalt, according to a University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources presentation made at the Powder River Basin Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals, or CORE-CM, annual forum that took place at Gillette College.