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Primary Member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Royalty Policy Committee

Charles “Charlie” Robertson was named as a primary member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Charlie Robertson began college at Bacone College in Oklahoma, and after two years, transferred to Northeastern State University. From 1971 to 1999, Robertson worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the Muskogee area office where he was the manager of the Minerals Program and was “responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all aspects involved in the leasing of individual and tribal restricted lands of the Five Civilized Tribes.” Next, from 1999 to 2002, Robertson worked as a program analyst for the Minerals Management Service at the Department of Interior, where he “resolved oil and gas related problems or issues brought by Indian Tribal representatives or by individual Indian mineral owners.” Since 2008, Robertson has been the President and owner of Five Civilized Tribes Mineral Consulting, a company that performs “consulting for the Choctaw, Chickasaw & Cherokee Nations for oil and gas leasing and royalties.” Robertson is also Executive Director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, which is “an entity created jointly by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee Nations to administer the tribally owned stretch of the Arkansas River between Muskogee Oklahoma, and Ft. Smith, Arkansas.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, “Charles E. Robertson,” Arkansas Riverbed Authority, accessed 09/20/17, LinkedIn Profile for Charlie Robertson, accessed 09/20/17, “Arkansas Riverbed Authority,” Cherokee.org, accessed 09/20/17, and “Board of Directors,” Arkansas Riverbed Authority, accessed 09/20/17]

Special Interests

Stigler Gas Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Robertson negotiated an oil and gas lease with Stigler Gas Company, a small Oklahoma-based oil and gas company.

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Stephens Production Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Robertson negotiated an oil and gas lease with Stephens Production Company, an Arkansas-based company that "engages in the exploration and production of natural gas."

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Department of the Interior

Five Civilized Tribes Minerals Consulting

Arkansas Riverbed Authority

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

In 2011, Charlie Robertson, acting in his capacity as Executive Director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, negotiated an “Oil and Gas Lease in favor of Stephens Production Company.”

This lease was “located on the Arkansas Riverbed and [was] jointly owned between the Cherokee Nation, the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation.” Stephens Production Company is an Arkansas-based company that “engages in the exploration and production of natural gas.” [“February 2011 Resolutions,” Chickasaw Times, 03/12, and “Stephens Production Company,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/21/17]

In 2014, Charlie Robertson, acting in his capacity as Executive Director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, negotiated an “Oil and Gas Lease to Stigler Gas Company” in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.

This lease was “located on the Arkansas Riverbed and is jointly owned among the Cherokee Nation, the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation.” Stigler Gas Company appears to be a small Oklahoma gas company. [“July 2014 Resolutions,” Chickasaw Times, 08/14, and “Stigler Gas Company Operating Oil and Gas Wells in Oklahoma,” UpstreamDB, accessed 09/21/17]

Charlie Robertson has “provided technical assistance” to “private industry” on “matters concerning the minerals leasing program.”

In his Arkansas Riverbed Authority biography, Charlie Robertson says he has “provided technical assistance to the agencies’ land resources personnel, Arkansas Riverbed Authority, tribal contract personnel, tribal officials, tribal councils, self-governance tribes, individual tribal members, branches of the BIA, ONRR, BLM, OTFM, and other branches of Government, private industry, and the general public on matters concerning the minerals leasing program.” [“Bio, Charlie,” Arkansas Riverbed Authority, accessed 09/20/17]

Other Information

On his LinkedIn profile, Charlie Robertson writes that he is a member of “Royalty policy committee DOE.”

Robertson mistakenly wrote that he was on the Royalty Policy Committee for the Department of Energy, not the Royalty Policy Committee for the Department of the Interior. [LinkedIn Profile for Charlie Robertson, accessed 09/20/17]

Since September 2017, Charlie Robertson has been a member of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG). 

On his LinkedIn profile, Charlie Robertson writes that he has been a member of “ICEIWG DOE” from “September 2017 [to] Present.” The ICEIWG “works collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy to assist in surveys, analysis, and recommendations related to program and policy initiatives that fulfill DOE’s statutory authorizations and requirements.” [LinkedIn Profile for Charlie Robertson, accessed 09/20/17, and “Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group,” Department of Energy, accessed 09/21/17]

In 1996, Vice President Al-Gore appointed Charlie Robertson to the Four Corners Trust Services Laboratory Team.

On this team, Robertson “evaluate[d], re engineer[d], and streamline[d] bureau processes in the Farmington, New Mexico Indian Minerals Office.”

[“Bio, Charlie,” Arkansas Riverbed Authority, accessed 09/20/17]