Roger Fragua has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities. He is currently the President of Cota Holdings, LLC, and NDN Energy, LLC, whose mission is to support Tribal community and economic development in the energy sector. Cota focuses on Tribal development projects and efforts of energy companies within Indian Country. Previously, Roger served as Deputy Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and where he worked with leaders of the 47 federally recognized Tribes and four Canadian First Nations to dramatically restructure federal-Indian relations concerning minerals, mining, taxation, and Tribal jurisdiction over environmental regulations on Indian lands. Roger also worked for the Enron Corporation in Houston, Texas, where he created innovative business concepts and promoted partnerships between Tribes and Enron. Roger has worked with the Western Governors’ Association and the National Tribal Environmental Council on State and Tribal relations as it relates to environmental issues. The basis for Roger’s commitment to Indian Country is steeped in his life-long tenure as member of the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico where he has served as Tribal Administrator.
Title: Indian Country and Access to Energy & Water – Indian Country is legally defined as the 577 Federally recognized American Indian Tribes that are located across 33 States in the U.S. with 2.5M American Indians growing at 4% per year or doubling every 20 years. The Tribes act as both sovereign governments and business units that are concerned about the health, wellness and wellbeing of its Tribal members. Having access to reliable, affordable and accessible resources are paramount for Tribal Leadership.