The Osage Nation (OK) celebrated the opening of two state-of-the-art tribal government buildings designed with energy efficiency, comfort, and cost savings in mind. The buildings incorporate daylighting, geothermal heat pumps, fans, and other environmentally friendly design features that optimize the use of natural light, moderate heating and cooling, and reduce electricity consumption and costs.
On Dec. 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement in February 2016 for inter-tribal organizations to help provide tribal communities with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement successful strategic energy solutions.
The DOE Office of Indian Energy is offering an energy track at the 25th Annual BIA Tribal Providers Conference Dec. 2-3, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. The track will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics to help tribal energy leaders and professionals make informed decisions about energy projects.
The final webinar of the 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
The Department of Energy announced that it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of the Interior to assist Indian Tribes throughout the United States to develop their energy resources.
On Oct. 29 during his keynote speech at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 2015 Diversity in STEM Conference, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new program to help tribal colleges prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and specifically in advanced manufacturing.
On Thursday, Nov. 5, President Obama will host the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
On Sept. 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced five grants to help reduce energy costs for tribes in Alaska, Arizona, and South Dakota where the cost of producing electricity is extremely high.