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.
The U.S. Department of Energy is participating in the Tribal Energy Summit: A Path to Economic Sovereignty in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Indian Energy, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Sept. 23–25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
On Sept. 2 in Kotzebue, Alaska, the President announced a robust package of resources, funding, and other programs to assist with combatting climate change and building climate resilience in remote Alaskan communities.
The Energy Department issued a report showing that threats to tribal energy infrastructure are expected to increase due to climate change and announced a $6 million grant opportunity to establish clean energy projects and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting an interactive workshop on developing commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands Sept. 1–3, 2015, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for nominations for elected tribal government officials (or designated tribal government employees with authority to act on behalf of the elected officials) to serve as members of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG).
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration (Western), will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Best Practices in Procurement, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) later this year that will help promote tribal energy sufficiency by providing funding for Tribes to make their buildings more energy efficient and deploy community-scale clean energy systems.
Eligible applicants for this opportunity include Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia on whose Indian land the project will be located.
On July 9, the White House hosted the inaugural Tribal Youth Gathering in collaboration with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) and the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS).