We meet frequently with the Ute Tribe and individual American Indian mineral owners, and host periodic informational meetings to discuss technical, operational and economic developments. In 2016, Newfield hosted two Allottee meetings in Fort Duchesne, Utah, and Ignacio, Colorado, to provide updates on our drilling activity, future exploration plans and community involvement opportunities.
Our continual work with the Ute Tribe Business Committee and other Tribal organizations ensures we maintain the appropriate permits and licenses to protect Tribal surface rights while respecting cultural resources. Working in partnership with the Ute Tribe, to safely and responsibly develop mineral resources, advances our shared objectives of generating economic value for the community, creating employment opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry and supporting Tribal community traditions. We sponsor a number of Tribal events, including the annual July 4th Pow-Wow Celebration, community cleanups, educational and athletic activities and other cultural occasions.
While low commodity prices have impacted our energy development program on Tribal lands, increased efficiencies in our drilling and completion operations are factors that will contribute to improved margins and royalty payments when development activities pick-up.