• A Virtual Setting
  • November 17, 2020


PILAR THOMAS is a partner in the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group at Quarles & Brady LLP. She focuses her practice on tribal renewable energy project development and finance, tribal economic development, federal Indian Law, and natural resource development. Pilar assists clients with strategic legal advice on tribal energy policy and planning; clean energy and infrastructure project development and finance; federal and state energy regulatory, programs, and policy efforts; and federal requirements for tribal lands development. She has negotiated or assisted with agreements related to transmission lines, landfill gas, solar projects, a natural gas power plant, and mineral development on tribal lands. She serves as general counsel for several tribes, Section 17 and tribal business entities. 



MARIO ATENCIO is Háshtł’íishnii; born for Tódichíinii; Táneezháanii are his cheiis and Tłaasch’í’ are his nálís. He has been involved in oil and gas development issues facing the Diné communities of the far eastern Diné Nation. Mario became involved with Diné CARE by starting the work around the Colorado River water rights struggle that the Diné Nation is still facing. He joined Diné CARE in 2017 as board member at large.



BRIAN LEWIS focuses his practice on American Indian economic development and financial growth. He represents tribal governments, tribally-owned commercial instrumentalities, and Indian-owned private corporations. His practice includes representing several Navajo Nation enterprises and governmental subdivisions. He has served as a government attorney, worked in corporate law, and is the founder and principal attorney for Brian Lewis Legal LLC. He is committed to improving standards of living in Indian Country and his practice is—and has always been—dedicated to this end. He is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a Navajo in-law, as his wife and children are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.     



KATHLEEN SGAMMA is the President of Western Energy Alliance, which engages in public affairs, federal legislative, public lands, environmental, and regulatory issues on behalf of companies involved in all aspects of environmentally responsible oil and natural gas exploration and production in the West. Kathleen has testified before several Congressional Committees on energy and environment topics, and is regularly quoted on western issues in national, international and regional media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, Fox News, NPR, E&E News, National Journal, and Denver Post. Prior to joining Western Energy Alliance in 2006, she spent eleven years in the Information Technology sector, including establishing the European consulting practice and a German subsidiary for a software company; and three years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. She holds a BS in Political Science/Defense and Arms Control Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS in Information Technology from Virginia Tech.