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Indian Lands Program

Regulation of Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations

OSMRE is the regulatory authority for coal mining and reclamation operations that occur on Indian lands. As the regulatory authority, OSMRE is responsible for:

  • The review of applications to conduct mining operations
  • If a permit is issued, the inspection of active mines to ensure public and environmental health protection
  • Upon completion of mining, the full reclamation of the site before the lands are returned to the tribes

The Indian Lands Program is responsible for administering permitting activities associated with properties across the nation.

Four of these properties currently involve active mining and reclamation operations, while the remaining six no longer are being disturbed and involve only reclamation activities.

To ensure the protection of public and environmental health, OSMRE works in partnership with other federal agencies, such as: the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. More information on this federal partnership with BIA and BLM can be found in the Memorandum of Understanding for Managing Coal Mining on Indian Lands.

Image of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park; a red/orange rock face in the desert in Navajo