Cultural Resources Law: Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects Conference

21 - 22 October 2016

ERM is partnering with Greenberg Traurig, LLP to sponsor the upcoming Cultural Resources Law: Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on October 21 & 22, 2016. The two-day conference will provide an overview of the complex legal, business and policy issues in historic preservation compliance and Tribal consultation. Speakers will provide perspectives from Tribal governments, federal and state regulators, industry professionals, attorneys, and consultants.

Key conference session themes include:

  • An Introduction to Cultural Resource Protection
  • Clean Water Act Jurisdiction With and Without the Clean Water Rule
  • The National Historic Preservation Act
  • The National Environmental Policy Act
  • Tribal Self-Determination and the Indigenous Right to Culture
  • Taking Section 106 Consultation to the Next Level
  • Voluntary Engagement with Tribes in Mine Development
  • The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Implementing the Commitments to Cultural Resources Protection
  • Tribal Conflict Management
  • Southern California Edison’s Approach to Tribal Outreach
  • The View from Washington, DC
  • FERC’s Tribal Consultation Process
  • Managing Conflicts Between Traditional Cultural Properties and Energy Development
  • Working with Tribes on Private, Federal, and Tribal Lands
  • Cultural Resources Protection: A Tribal Case Study
  • The Ethics of Dealing with Indian Tribes and Tribal Enterprises

Learn more and register for this event

Why ERM as a Sponsor?

Our services for the energy sector are designed to assist the industry in responding to a broad range of challenges. Our in-depth understanding of regulatory issues concerning historic preservation and cultural heritage throughout the United States and abroad allows us to successfully manage the compliance effort for large energy projects. In addition, we have developed a particular expertise in supporting our clients’ efforts to successfully and sustainably work with American Indian Tribes on energy development projects.

ERM at the Conference

ERM's experts will share their insights gained from recent involvement with a variety of complex projects. ERM has a long history and broad reputation for thought leadership within the energy sector and will be avid participants at the conference. As both a sponsor and a presenter of multiple topics, ERM looks forward to providing the attendees an in-depth understanding of the issues that development projects may face in relation to historic preservation compliance and Tribal consultation.

About ERM Speakers

Jon Berkin is a Partner in ERM’s Minneapolis office. He specializes in managing federal and state environmental permitting for largescale energy infrastructure projects. Jon has over 20 years of environmental permitting experience for energy projects throughout the lower 48 states and Alaska, including numerous energy projects on Tribal lands. He has extensive experience working with American Indian Tribes and is a frequent presenter on the topics of regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and consultation issues at industry conferences and workshops.

Steve Koster is a Partner in ERM’s Holland, Michigan Office. Steve has more than 30 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, permitting, and impact mitigation and remediation in Michigan and around the US. He has managed numerous NEPA EIS’s and EA’s, siting studies, and state/federal permitting for major development projects.

Patti Trocki is a Senior Consultant in ERM’s Minneapolis office. Patti has expertise in preparing third-party Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act and has served as a technical lead for cultural resources. She has experience in environmental survey coordination; cultural resources compliance; Section 106 agreement documents; and agency and tribal coordination on energy projects, including electric transmission and pipeline projects.


We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85264

ERM at the Conference

Jon Berkin, a Partner in ERM’s Minneapolis office, will be co-chairing the conference and co-presenting in the conference session: Managing Conflicts Between Traditional Cultural Properties and Energy Development: A Navajo Perspective. 

Steve Koster, a Partner in ERM’s Holland, Michigan Office, will be co-presenting on Voluntary Engagement with Tribes in Mine Development: A Case Study.  

Patricia Trocki, a Senior Environmental Consultant in ERM’s Minneapolis office, will be co-presenting on FERC’s Tribal Consultation Process: Developing Successful Energy Projects.