LEGAL PRACTICES

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Terra Law Group advises clients in developing large and small infrastructure projects.  Some representative projects include:

  • Multi-state transmission lines

  • Mutli-state water infrastructure

  • Utility-scale wind and solar projects

  • Educational facilities

  • Mining projects

  • Small-scale wastewater facilities

  • Roads and access rights

Terra Law Group regularly works in multi-disciplinary teams with client legal and operational groups, engineers and resources specialists, government agencies and other outside legal counsel.  Terra Law Group has experience leading such teams as well as serving with other lawyers operating as a virtual law firm.

FEDERAL INDIAN LAW

Terra Law Group represents companies and state and local governments in a variety of Indian law issues, including:

  • Transactions with Tribes for on- and off-reservation business ventures and natural resource development. 

  • BIA mineral and business leases and rights-of-way.

  • Tribal employment rights issues.

  • Administrative appeals of BIA decisions.

  • Federal court appeals of BIA decisions.

  • Tribal consultation, traditional cultural property and sacred site issues.

  • Challenges to federal project approvals under the Administrative Procedures Act.

  • Complex issues of sovereign immunity, jurisdiction and tribal regulatory and adjudicatory authority.


​Terra Law Group represents clients with projects or business transactions that raise tribal concerns.  Connie Rogers, Principal of Terra Law Group, has experience with numerous tribes throughout the western U.S., including New Mexico (Navajo, Jicarilla), Arizona (Navajo, White Mountain Apache, San Carlos Apache, Southern Paiute), Oklahoma (Osage), Colorado (Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute), Utah (Northern Ute, Southern Paiute), Wyoming (Shoshone-Arapahoe), North Dakota (Ft. Berthold, Yankton Sioux), Virginia (Mattaponi), and Nevada (Western Shoshone, Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Goshute).

PUBLIC LANDS LAW

Because much of the land throughout the West is owned by federal and state governments, many major projects occurs on public lands.  Terra Law Group has extensive experience with the federal and state agencies that must review and approve such projects.  Terra Law Group Principal Connie Rogers' past experience includes serving as Deputy Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Terra Law Group represents clients on the full range of legal issues and stakeholder processes involved with mineral and energy development (conventional and renewable) and infrastructure on public lands, including:

  • National Environmental Policy Act

  • National Historic Preservation Act

  • Federal Land Policy and Management Act

  • National Forest Management Act

  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act

  • Paleontological Resources Preservation Act

  • Endangered Species Act

  • Mineral Leasing Act

  • Indian Mineral Leasing Act

  • General Mining Law

  • Freedom of Information Act (and similar state laws)

CULTURAL RESOURCES LAW

Of the laws regularly implicated by use of federal lands or requiring federal approvals, Connie is nationally-recognized for her experience related to cultural resources and historic preservation, including compliance with:

  • The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

  • The Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)

  • The Antiquities Act


Connie regularly helps client navigate reviews under the NHPA known as the "section 106" process, including negotiating memoranda of agreement and programmatic agreements.  ​

Connie has also defended civil enforcement for alleged violations of ARPA, including working hand-in-hand with forensic archaeologists to develop an accurate factual record. 

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