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Established in 2012, the Stegner Center’s Law & Policy Program provides objective and actionable research on contemporary issues affecting public lands, agency decision making, indigenous peoples, resource management, and climate change. Working with a wide range of stakeholders, we focus on issues where our analysis can support development of wise policies and thoughtful decisions.


Stegner Research Professors File Amicus Brief Supporting Water Access for the Navajo Nation

Mar 22, 2023

“For the Navajo people, tó éí iiná até, water is life.” –Amicus Brief of DigDeep Right to Water Project and Utah Tribal Relief Foundation   […]

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The Tension Between Speed and Safety

Mar 15, 2023

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Roosevelt Institute will host a one-day in-person conversation about permit reform in Washington D.C. Common conversations about permit reform […]

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The Cost of Denial About Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Feb 23, 2023

Carbon capture and sequestration is the latest rage, but is it worth the hype?  In Chasing Squirrels in the Energy Transition, Environmental Law, Vol. 52 […]

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Talking About Permit Reform with the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Feb 08, 2023

We recently joined five other experts to explore the nuances of the permit reform debate in an article published by the  Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. […]

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The benefits and burdens of environmental review, and how to improve permitting efficiency

 Critical Mineral Permitting Evidence-Based Recommendations

Whether statutes or historic precedent provide legal support for President Trump’s reductions to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

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How federal Indian law and policy has impacted public health, fueling the high incidence of COVID-19 among Native Americans, and how Tribes can exercise their sovereign powers to protect their communities

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How to address the challenges Tribes face in achieving water security through federal treaty and trust responsibilities


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Tom Mitchell
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Jamie Gibbs Pleune
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Beth Parker
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Heather Tanana
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The Law & Policy Program produces research under contract with various federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. State Department. We also depend on gifts and grants from generous supporters. The Stegner Center is solely responsible for the content of our research and the views expressed in our publications do not necessarily represent those of any governmental entity or funder. Donors exercise no substantive or editorial control over our research or recommendations.