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October 22, 2012
Pictured from left to right on Agua Caliente tribal land: Colleen Cooley, Student Intern Program Supervisor Sandra Begay-Campbell of Sandia National Laboratories, Chelsea Chee, Nikki Tulley, Nora Cata, and Jessica Rodriguez. Photo from Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories
Office of Indian Energy Sponsors Two Sandia Student Interns

Sandia National Laboratories’ Tribal Internship Program has provided Native American college students with hands-on work experience in the energy industry since 2002.

October 22, 2012
Crow Nation Students Participate in Algae Biomass Research Project

Student interns from the Crow Tribe in Montana participate in an algae biomass research project that could help prepare them for cleantech jobs and pave the way for their Tribe to produce clean, renewable energy.

August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of STEM education.

July 17, 2012
Secretary Chu and Office of Indian Energy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin tribal leaders in Milwaukee, WI. | Photo courtesy of Mark Appleton.
Wisconsin Tribal Leaders Work Towards a Clean Energy Future

Secretary Chu and Indian Energy Policy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin Tribal Leaders to discuss their commitment to a clean energy economy.

June 22, 2012
Harold "Gus" Frank, Forest County Potawatomi Community Chairman and 2012 White House "Champion of Change". Photo from Potawatomi Traveling Times
Leading the Charge: Harold Frank

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 Office of Indian Energy newsletter feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy development on tribal lands. In this issue, we talk to Harold “Gus” Frank, Forest County Potawatomi Community Chairman and 2012 White House “Champion of Change.”

June 22, 2012
The combination of the Native Village of Teller’s limited fuel storage capacity and a harsh winter led to a supply shortage. Photo by Alexander Dane, NREL
Native Village of Teller Addresses Heating Fuel Shortage, Improves Energy Security

During a site visit to the Native Village of Teller in April 2012, the Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team helped the community successfully transfer 10,000 gallons of fuel to a bulk fuel facility to secure the community's heating supply for the winter.

June 20, 2012
Julia Bovey, First Wind; Tracey LeBeau; Neil Kiely, First Wind; and Bob Springer (NREL) at First Wind's new Rollins project near Lincoln, Maine.
Tackling Energy Problems For America's Tribal Nations

The Energy Department is bringing in more tribes to confront the most pressing energy problems for Tribal Nations across the country.

June 1, 2012
Our Nation’s tribal communities are neighbors to the Energy Department’s National Laboratories and sites. In some cases there are tribes who retain treaty rights to land under the control of the Department.
Working With Tribal Nations – A Geographic, Legal, and Economic Imperative

The Energy Department works closely with Tribal Leaders to ensure Indian Country has a seat at the table in addressing our America’s economic, environmental, and energy security challenges.

April 17, 2012
This map demonstrates the potential capacity to generate clean hydroelectric energy at existing non-powered dams across the U.S.
Powering up America’s Waterways

A new report looks at the tremendous potential to generate clean hydroelectric energy at existing dams across the U.S.

March 15, 2012
Secrets of a Tribal Energy Auditor

Fawn Metcalf helps modest-income families save money and stay healthy by testing their homes for airflow leaks and structural problems.