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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.

June 12, 2013
The DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forum on "Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals" was held May 30–31 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Brooke Oleen Tieperman, NCSL.
Tribal and Military Leaders Come Together to Talk Renewable Energy

The seventh in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forums was held May 30–31 in Phoenix and focused on potential opportunities for Tribes to partner with the military on clean energy.

May 3, 2013
The Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their energy costs by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. | Photo courtesy of Western Community Energy.
Helping Alaska Native Communities Reduce Their Energy Costs

Learn how the Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their dependence on oil by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

March 1, 2013
In addition to the planned 250-MW solar farm set to begin construction in June 2013, the Moapa Band of Paiutes is working on a second 150-MW project that would use both PV and concentrated solar technologies to generate power for the Tribe. Photo from Moapa Band of Paiutes.
Bright Skies Ahead for Moapa

The Moapa Band of Paiutes leads the first industrial-scale solar photovoltaic project in Indian Country—a 250-megawatt solar farm that will power nearly 120,000 homes in Los Angeles.

March 1, 2013
Renewable energy development has the potential to reduce Kake’s dependence on costly imported fossil fuel while preserving the pristine environment that is so vital to the community’s way of life. Photo from Gary Williams, NREL 24372
Strategic Planning Opens Doors for Isolated Alaskan Village

Through the Office of Indian Energy’s 2012 Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, the Organized Village of Kake in Alaska received assistance with community-based energy planning, energy awareness and training programs, and identification and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.

December 5, 2012
Laura Quaha of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation and Melissa Estaes with the Campo Environmental Protection Agency accompany START team members at a September 2012 wind site assessment on the Campo Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California. | Photo by Alexander Dane, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
New Tribal Nations Energy Initiatives

The Energy Department announces new tribal energy initiatives for 2013.

October 22, 2012
Andrea Alexander, Makah Tribe in Neah Bay (Washington)/Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Leading the Charge: Tribal Women in Power

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. For this issue, we spoke with three key energy supporters whose efforts in championing Indian energy development are amplified because of their intertribal affiliations.

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.