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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.

May 5, 2011
Two Tribal Success Stories from the EECBG Program

The Duckwater Shoshone Tribe and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians are using their grant funds to make some much needed retrofits and upgrades.

May 5, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Chu Honor Employees for Public Service Recognition Week

First Lady Michelle Obama thanks employees in this video for Public Service Recognition Week.

May 4, 2011
Tribal Summit Live: 9:30-10 AM ET Today and All Day Tomorrow

Video of the Indian Energy Tribal Summit, which builds on the Department's commitment to work with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders to support clean energy projects on trial lands.