ONRR Overview

Mission Statement:

To collect, disburse, and verify Federal and Indian energy and other natural resource revenues on behalf of all Americans.

ONRR History Overview

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) ) is entrusted with a fiduciary role, managing an average of $11 billion in annual revenues from energy and mineral leases and other monies owed for the use of public natural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and onshore Federal and American Indian lands. Revenue sources include royalties, rents, and bonuses generated throughout the life of the lease.

ONRR is a trustee of royalty assets from Indian trust properties and is an advocate for the interests of Indian mineral owners. In conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, ONRR provides revenue management services for mineral leases on American Indian lands. Money collected is returned – 100 percent – to respective Indian tribes and individual Indian mineral owners through the Office of Trust Funds Management.

Every American benefits from revenues we collect, either directly through payments to tribes and Indian mineral owners or indirectly through contributions to the Historic Preservation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Reclamation Fund, and disbursements to States and the General Fund of the U.S. Treasury.

ONRR is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with main operations based at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. ONRR has field offices near energy development areas in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. See Office Locations.