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November 30, 2016
Five Tribes Benefit from Hands-On Training in Solar Operations and Maintenance

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide a valuable training experience to the technical staffs of five Indian tribes from around the country.

November 9, 2016
Office of Indian Energy Intern Focuses Research on Converting Waste Water to Energy

Hau, Mitakuyapi – Hello! My name is Kimberlynn Cameron. I grew up in Wakpala, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T), where currently I am a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

October 21, 2016
Announcing 7 Communities That Will Lead the Climate Fight in Alaska

Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition helps communities implement energy solutions that can be replicated throughout rural Alaska and potentially other Arctic regions.

October 21, 2016
Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Update

In May 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced its selection of five Alaska Native villages to receive technical assistance to accelerate clean energy projects and initiatives through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

October 21, 2016
DOE Hydropower Forum Explores Potential for Tribal Projects in Alaska

In response to growing demand for credible, unbiased information about developing small hydropower projects in Alaska, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy hosted the first-ever DOE Tribal Hydropower Forum in Anchorage on Sept. 21, 2016.

October 21, 2016
The ANTHC team includes (left to right) Gavin Dixon; Eric Hanssen; Kevin Ulrich; Sharnel Vale; Tashina Duttle; and [not pictured] Bailey Gambell. Photo from Eric Hanssen, ANTHC, NREL 40424
Alaska Energy Champion: The ANTHC Team

In this installment, we caught up with Eric Hanssen, Program Manager of the Alaska Native Health Consortium (ANTHC’s) Rural Energy Initiative for an interview highlighting the entire ANTHC team as a champion of clean, affordable, and sustainable energy development in Alaska. The ANTHC Rural Energy Initiative Program team includes Gavin Dixon, Eric Hanssen, Kevin Ulrich,
Sharnel Vale, Tashina Duttle, and Bailey Gambell.

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes across the U.S. and has led the nation in advancing technology, research, and applied scientific practices to make homes energy efficient.

July 19, 2016
Expanding the Tribal Role in Carrying Out a Critical Mission in Indian Country

I’m driven by a critical mission: to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our blueprint for fulfilling this mission has three programmatic pillars: Deployment, Innovation, and Policy. They’re equally important, but in this blog post I’m going to focus on the Deployment Program.

July 15, 2016
Colton Heaps, NREL Project Leader, leads a discussion during the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Workshop held on July 6, 2016, at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center. Photo by Josh Bauer, NREL.
Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day

Environmental Engineering Intern Rachael Boothe from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on hand during the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Workshop held on July 6 at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center.

July 6, 2016
This Government Brochure Is Something to Brag About

Some people may find it hard to get excited about a brochure. But an informative outreach piece can be a very powerful tool. That's why I'm excited to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy’s program overview brochure recently received a prestigious Award for Publication Excellence, also known as an APEX Award.