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January 30, 2015
Former Tribal Energy Program Intern Guides Tribes Toward a More Sustainable Path

Suzanne Singer is working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as an Energy and Thermal Fluids Analyst where she has an ongoing project to produce Sankey diagrams to analyze energy data and life cycle flows on tribal lands. Applying the knowledge and insights she gained from her work at LLNL, her internship, and her science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Singer is educating Tribes on how to use their own resources and land to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

January 22, 2015
Blue Lake Rancheria—Forging a Path toward Climate Resiliency

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is one of 16 communities selected as Climate Action Champions by the Obama Administration in December for exceptional work in response to climate change.

January 7, 2015
Tribal Leaders Provide White House with Input on Bolstering Climate Resilience

Tribes and Alaska Native Villages feel the brunt of a changing climate in direct and significant ways that undermine their cultures, economies, and the overall general welfare of their citizens. Unfortunately, they are too frequently left out of federal and state climate preparedness and resilience efforts, both in terms of planning and disaster response. And they generally lack sufficient governmental capacity and financial resources to prepare for and respond to major climate-related events on their own.

December 16, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz poses with attendees to a welcome lunch for Arizona tribal leaders. | Photo by Peter Jordan Photography.
Secretary Moniz Reaffirms Energy Department’s Commitment to Tribal Partnerships

Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona last week for a summit with tribal leaders, part of our work to build upon President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.

November 20, 2014
Sunrise at Pilgrim Hot Springs outside of Nome, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of CPike,  Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP).
Pilgrim's Progress: An Update on Geothermal Potential in Alaska

A resource in central Alaska is showing promise for geothermal development—the renewable energy that draws on Earth’s natural heat for electricity and other uses. The myriad benefits of this clean, domestic power source make geothermal exploration an attractive proposition for this state, where off-grid demand means that Alaskans often use expensive, polluting diesel power.

November 17, 2014
Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

This White House Council on Women and Girls blog discusses a report released on Nov. 12 that delves into the inequities and distinct challenges facing women of color, while examining some of the efforts underway to close unfair gaps in educational outcomes, pay, career opportunity, health disparities, and more.

November 13, 2014
Photo by Warren Gretz, NREL 07317.
Landmark Tribal Wind Energy Deal Paves the Way for Tribal-Federal Leadership on Clean Energy

MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and commercial wind developer Geronimo Energy, is the first tribal entity to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the federal government. The groundbreaking deal marks the largest wind energy purchase from a single source in federal contracting history.

October 20, 2014
Leading the Charge: Chairman Vig Champions Progress, Sustainability

A photo of Chairman Vig.Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are committed to empowering Indian Country to energize future generations. Leading the Charge is a regular feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy on tribal lands.

October 20, 2014
With DOE support, workers weatherize the exterior of the Lakeview Lodge in Minto, Alaska. Photo from Russell Snyder, Interior Regional Housing Authority, NREL 31796
Minto Upgrades Community Lodge with START Support

The Lakeview Lodge is the heart of Minto, a small Alaska Native village 126 miles northwest of Fairbanks. The 12,000-square-foot building is used daily for school and senior lunch programs, community meetings, and village council operations.

“It is critical to the community,” said Bessie Titus, Administrator for the Minto Village Council, which represents 210 residents.

October 20, 2014
PV panels installed on Grand Ronde Tribal Housing Authority carport. Photo from GRTHA, NREL 31797
Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs

Challenge: Situated on nearly 12,000 acres in the heart of Western Oregon’s scenic coastal range, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon has a strong connection to the earth and nature and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship. Landless from 1954 until 1983 when the Grand Ronde Restoration Act returned a portion of its land base, the Tribe has faced an uphill climb building out the infrastructure and services required to support and sustain its community of approximately 5,000 members.