On January 12, the Ken Salazar, the Secretary of Interior, announced the appointment of Robert S. Thompson III to the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
Thompson, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, a shareholder in the Denver office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, will serve a three-year appointment and will represent the interests of the Western Energy Alliance.
The Committee will be an advisor of sorts to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue when it comes to regulations to address the valuation of Indian oil as they relate to the major portion requirement in Indian oil and gas leases. The ONRR aims to ensure the full and fair return of federal and Indian royalties and other monies to the American people that may be owed. Quarterly meetings are scheduled for the Committee with the first being in February.
Thompson will rely on his 30 years of experience in American Indian law, including energy and natural resources matters with a focus on the oil and gas industry. He received his B.S. from the University of Georgia, magna cum laude and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.