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Please contact your congressmen and share widely.

We emphasize the need for all western state landowners to ensure these provisions do NOT get into the reconciled energy bill (S.2012).

 

Please contact your congressmen and share widely. THANK YOU.

 

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From: lkogan@koganlawgroup.com
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:26 PM
To: Beyer, Hanna (Indian Affairs

Subject: Request for Meeting

Good evening, Hanna.

Thank you, once again, for taking my call this evening.

I appreciate your forwarding my request for a meeting next week with Majority Staff Director Mike Andrews and Deputy Chief Council Rhonda Harjo.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss:

1) The tribal forest management provisions (Title VII of H.R. 2647) being considered for inclusion in the S.2012 (Energy bill) currently in conference, and the Wyden-Merkley Amendment (SA 3288) to SA 2953 proposed to S.2012.

Tribal Forest Management Provisions - http://www.koganlawgroup.com/uploads/KLG_III_-_Tribal_Forest_Management_and_Biomass_Provisions_Hidden_Within_Senate_Energy_Bill_S.2012.pdf

2) Wyden-Merkley Amendment - http://www.koganlawgroup.com/uploads/The_Wyden-Merkley_Amendment_-_The_Dog_That__Don_t_Hunt_.pdf

http://canadafreepress.com/article/white-house-as-originator-and-promoter-of-klamath-basin-agreements

3) S.3013 - The Salish and Kootenai Water Rights Settlement Act of 2016

http://www.koganlawgroup.com/uploads/FINAL4_Memo_-_KLG_Legal_analysis_of_S.3013___The_Salish_and_Kootenai_Water_Rights_Settlement_Act_of_2016__8-29-1.pdf

Please confirm your receipt of this email.  I look forward to hearing from you following the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Very truly yours,

Lawrence Kogan

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To: "lkogan@koganlawgroup.com"

From: "Beyer, Hanna (Indian Affairs)"

Date: 11/28/16 2:49 pm

Subject: RE: Request for Meeting

Mr. Kogan,

Apologies for the delayed response – I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and long weekend. Unfortunately neither Rhonda or Mike are available to meet. Vice Chairman Tester and Tony would be the best points of contact on this issue.

Best wishes,

Hanna

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From: lkogan@koganlawgroup.com

To: Beyer, Hanna (Indian Affairs)

Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 3:04 PM
Subject: RE: Request for Meeting

Good afternoon, Hanna.

Why would Mike and Rhonda pass me off to the Minority Staff Director and the Minority Chair?

I am looking to speak with those who will assume authority in the next Congress and can influence the current Majority on these issues.

Aside from the Tester bill, do not Senator Barrasso and his senior staff have influence on the Energy bill currently lodged in the Energy conference committee??  Do they not have the ability to weigh in on the Energy bill?

Sincerely,

Lawrence Kogan

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To: lkogan@koganlawgroup.com

From: "Beyer, Hanna (Indian Affairs)"
Date: 11/28/16 5:01 pm

Subject: RE: Request for Meeting
 

Lawrence,

Unfortunately I’m unable to schedule a meeting this week. Our suggestion would be to reach out to Murkowski’s office regarding Energy.

Best wishes,

Hanna

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From: lkogan@koganlawgroup.com

To: Beyer, Hanna (Indian Affairs)

Cc: Mike Andrews@indian.senate.gov

Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 6:18 PM

Subject: RE: Request for Meeting

Dear Hanna,

It is quite odd for you to suggest that I reach out to Senator Murkowski's office regarding Energy, when Mike Andrews is the main legal adviser to Senator Barrasso who both chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and is also a key member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources!  Why can't Mr. Andrews or Ms. Rhonda Harjo spare a few minutes to speak with me before the House-Senate conferees arrive at a final reconciled version of S.2012??  Either one could serve as the appropriate liaison to Energy.

As I relayed to you during our brief phone discussion last week, I represent farmers and ranchers in northwestern Montana and the Klamath Basin who will be adversely impacted if the conferees agree upon the tribal forestry management provisions (Title VII) of the House version of S.2012, and upon the provisions of the Wyden-Merkley amendment (SA 3288 to SA 2953) currently being considered for insertion into the House-Senate bill (2012). 

By enacting the Wyden-Merkley provisions, Congress would, without undertaking an extensive due diligence review, effectively authorize, ratify and confirm two federal-interstate agreements (compacts) that sanction the taking of private property in the Klamath Basin without just compensation, in fulfillment of the broadly perceived federal government tribal trust obligation.  By enacting the tribal forestry management provisions, Congress would be empowering tribal governments to further invoke their reserved time-immemorial water and fishing rights off-reservation, at the further expense of Montana, Oregon and California irrigators' and landowners' land and water rights, again, in fulfillment of the broadly perceived federal government tribal trust obligation.

It is therefore imperative I speak with either or both of these individuals as soon as possible.

Thank you once again, for your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Kogan

 

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