WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Department of Energy today released details of the upcoming Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders that will be held on May 4-5, 2011, at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The summit will build on Secretary Chu's continued commitment to partnering with Native Americans to support the development of clean energy projects on tribal lands that will help reduce energy use, limit carbon pollution, and create new jobs for tribal communities across the country.
"Tribal Nations are well-positioned to take advantage of the benefits of clean energy. This summit will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the Department of Energy and Tribal Nations on a broad range of energy and environmental issues," said Secretary Chu. "Working together we can achieve important goals of President Obama's National Energy Policy to the benefit of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes as well as our Nation as a whole."
Secretary Chu has invited the leadership of all 565 federally recognized tribes, as well as national and regional tribal organizations to attend the summit. Speakers include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Kim Teehee.
WHAT: Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5, 2011
WHERE: Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. and live online (May 5 only).
Additional information, including a detailed agenda, is available on the Tribal Summit page.