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February 23, 2012
Jim Manion, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Leading the Charge: Jim Manion

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.

February 15, 2012
Energy Department officials meet with Tribal leaders at the "Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” forum held in Denver, CO. | Courtesy of NREL.
Tribal Leaders and Energy Officials Team Up for Tribal Business Opportunities

Top tribal leaders, industry and tribal executives, and federal representatives are teaming up with the Office of Indian Energy at a forum on “Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” -- an exciting opportunity to integrate these issues into a broader dialogue on tribal energy interests.

December 2, 2011
The Office of Indian Energy and the Denali Commission tour the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. | Photo courtesy of NREL.
Energy Department Technical Assistance Bolsters Tribal Clean Energy Deployment

Exploring opportunities to leverage federal resources and expertise to help Alaska Native and Native American communities deploy clean energy projects, advance Tribal economic competitiveness and create jobs.

November 17, 2011
Native American student interns at LLNL meet with Navajo Tribal President Ben Shelly this summer.
Integrating Two Worlds: a Supportive Pathway for Native American Students from High School to College to National Nuclear Security Agency Careers

When the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) looked for an institution to get a strong engineering base to recruit from, they turned straight to Northern Arizona University (NAU), the top recruiter of Native American engineering students in their area. Since 2010, NNSA has funded a 12-week summer internship program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in nearby California working with NAU professors to recruit top-notch engineering students to assist with LLNL projects.

November 16, 2011
A display for Native American Heritage Month in the Forrestal headquarters lobby.
Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month at the Department of Energy

We celebrate Native American Heritage Month to honor Native Americans, their rich heritage, and their present accomplishments. Native Americans are innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, and scholars, and our debt to them is immense.

November 7, 2011
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Director Tracey LeBeau meets with tribal leaders from across the United States in Portland, Oregon to discuss how to advance clean energy deployment in Indian Country. |  The National Conference of State Legislatures
Advancing Clean Energy in Indian Country

Tracey LeBeau meets with tribal leaders from across the United States at the National Congress for American Indians (NCAI) Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, to discuss how to advance clean energy deployment in Indian Country .

October 26, 2011
The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe finishes installing solar panels on a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, administration building. | Photo courtesy of the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe
Solar Panels Hit Energy Milestone For Potawatomi and Milwaukee

Using all American-made products and panels manufactured at a Milwaukee-based company, the city is now generating 35,000 more kilowatt hours of clean electricity.

August 23, 2011
This wind turbine, along with a solar photovoltaic system, will be used to power the school's off-grid greenhouse. |  Image courtesy of Wind Powering America
Ask Yourself -- What Kind of Projects Have You Done in School?

Ponderosa High School principal David Ross feels that the school’s wind-and-solar hybrid system presents an opportunity for students. Ponderosa is an alternative high school that helps students earn a high school diploma or GED. The school's approximately 75 students range in age from 17 to 20, and the majority are Native American or Hispanic, mostly from underserved communities.

July 27, 2011
Launching the American Indian Research and Education Initiative

The Energy Department has began a unique partnership between the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and education funding to American Indian students at our Nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities and other universities.

May 10, 2011
Nez Perce Chairman offers opening prayer at the Indian Energy Tribal Summit. | Courtesy of the Department of Energy
Forging a New Era -- Recapping the Tribal Energy Summit

Forging a new era of Department of Energy and tribal relations, more than 350 people, including representatives from 54 tribes across the continental United States, attended the May 4 and 5 Department of Energy Tribal Summit.