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November 19, 2013
Federal-Tribal Partnership on Climate Change Action Rounds Corner, Shifts Into High Gear at 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

The 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, held Wednesday, November 13 at the Department of the Interior, was a turning point in the federal-tribal partnership to combat climate change and strengthen community resilience.

November 13, 2013
Energy Department Announces the SUN Project, Empowering Urban Native Youth in STEM Education

The SUN Project is a new collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to engage urban Native American youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

September 30, 2013
The Office of Indian Energy's Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance workshop was held September 18-20 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Photo by John De La Rosa, NREL
Workshop Provides Hands-On Project Development Training for 26 Tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy hosted a second tribal renewable energy project development and finance Workshop September 18-20 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, this time focusing on community- and facility-scale development. Forty-two participants, including representatives from 26 Tribes as well as several federal agencies, took part in this most recent training opportunity to learn about the potential of and how to develop and finance these unique and smaller scale projects that can serve to reduce costs, increase reliability, and support tribal goals for energy self-sufficiency.

September 6, 2013
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are converting waste vegetable oil and grease to biofuel in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use.
Fuel from Waste Helps Power Two Tribes

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had plenty of used vegetable oil and grease on hand and a desire to convert the waste to biofuel to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use. The Tribes participated in a demonstration project with the intent to share their experience and lessons learned so that other Tribes would be able to replicate the results on their own lands.

September 6, 2013
Christine Klein, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the
Calista Corporation
Leading the Charge: Christine Klein

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 Christine Klein, an adopted Haida who is leading efforts to help Alaska Native villages address their energy challenges in her role as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Calista Corporation.

August 21, 2013
From left to right: James Jensen, Tom Johnson, Jody Rosier, and Rebecca Kauffman of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, and Otto VanGeet and Alex Dane of NREL, tour a potential solar array site on Southern Ute tribal land in Ignacio, CO. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project

Members of the Office of Indian Energy START team, the Southern Ute Tribe, and Southern Ute Alternative Energy meet to discuss a potential solar photovoltaic project using a community ownership model.

August 13, 2013
In Alaska's rural villages, many families struggle with the impact of high energy costs --  often times, almost half of a family's income is spent on fuel to power a home. To face this, the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy works closely with tribal nations, state government, NGOs and the private sector to help tribes develop the energy resources that exist on tribal lands. 

NANA is an organization that operates in northwest Alaska -- the region pictured in the pastoral landscape above. Through building businesses and using smart development of Alaskan resources, NANA's strategic energy plan involves expanding sources of renewable energy, with the goal of reducing the region's dependence on fossil fuels by 50 percent by the year 2025. <a href="/node/625446" target="_blank">Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to reduce energy costs in Alaska</a>. | Photo courtesy of NANA, Arend.
Photo of the Week: Alaska's Future in Renewable Energy

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 6, 2013
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Data provided by the EIA. The number of homes powered is estimated through conversion factors provided by the EIA.</div></div></div>
Wind Farm Growth Through the Years

Breaking down data from the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report to chart the growth of wind farms across America over time.

July 24, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge

How one U.S. army veteran's interest in solar energy created opportunities and possibilities for an entire community.

July 16, 2013
Workshop guest speaker Bill Cornelius of Oneida Seven Generations Corporation discussed the tribal renewable energy project development and finance process in action. Photo by John De La Rosa, NREL
Workshop Helps Empower Tribes to Make Renewable Energy Project Development Decisions

Twenty participants from 13 Tribes participated in a Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop hosted by the Office of Indian Energy July 9-11.