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Strengthening Our Commitment to Tribal Energy

December 16, 2010 - 8:25am


Today the White House is hosting a Tribal Nations Conference, which will provide leaders from the 565 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. As part of this gathering, the Department of Energy will announce the establishment of an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs in order to more effectively engage tribal governments in our national energy priorities and promote tribal energy development.

Led by Tracey A. LeBeau, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, this new office will compliment the valuable work that is already being done by the Department’s Tribal Energy Program, which invests in projects to improve energy efficiency and develop geothermal, solar, bio-mass and wind energy on tribal lands.