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February 2, 2018
2015 Office of Indian Energy interns.
Sixteen Years of Indian Energy Interns: Where Are They Now?
The Office of Indian Energy’s college student internship program develops Native leaders in STEM and tribal energy careers.
January 23, 2018
Two interns at the Navajo Nation in Arizona
What It’s Like to Be an Indian Energy Intern: Part Two
Read Katie Hall’s reports from the field as a 2017 summer intern with the DOE Office of Indian Energy.
January 23, 2018
A group of interns and Sandia Indian Energy Program Lead at Monument Valley.
What It’s Like to Be an Indian Energy Intern: Part One
Summer 2017 intern Teri Allery shares her experience with the DOE Office of Indian Energy college internship program.
January 11, 2018
Picuris Pueblo solar array.
Community Solar to Meet 100% of Energy Costs for New Mexico Tribe
A DOE co-funded 1-megawatt community solar array will offset the cost of the entire energy load of Picuris Pueblo.
September 19, 2017
Photo of a group of children learning about solar panels
DOE Joins AISES Pledge to Encourage Natives in STEM
DOE has joined AISES in its #PledgeNativesInSTEM campaign, an effort to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue on the importance of STEM for natives.
September 13, 2017
Photo of a rooftop with solar panels on it.
Energy Retrofit to Cut St. Paul Island Airport Facility's Annual Costs by $200K, Double Usable Space
A DOE-cofunded retrofit of a remote Alaskan airport facility will reduce electricity use by 54% while nearly doubling the contribution of wind power.
July 25, 2017
Photo of solar photovoltaic array
Southern Ute Indian Tribe Dedicates 1.3-MW Community Solar PV System
On July 24, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe held a dedication ceremony in honor of its newly commissioned and fully operational Oxford Solar Project.
July 11, 2017
IE director with students.
Office of Indian Energy Congratulates High School Energy Challenge Winners
Director William Bradford had the opportunity to host the winning students of the Energy Challenge for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth.
May 11, 2017
Photo by Mary Tesche, Assistant Administrator, City of Akutan
Technical Assistance Lowers Energy Costs for Akutan
In April 2015, the Native Village of Akutan requested technical assistance from the DOE Office of Indian Energy.
May 10, 2017
The DOE Office of Indian Energy and GRID Alternatives joined the Bishop Paiute Tribe at an Earth Day event to celebrate 56 completed residential solar installations—as well as the benefits they’ll bring to the Tribe for generations to come. Photo from GRID Alternatives
Bishop Paiute Tribe Celebrates a Milestone in Quest for Energy Self-Sufficiency
Residential solar installations co-funded by two DOE Office of Indian Energy grants bring electricity cost savings and job skills for tribal members.
April 28, 2017
On April 7, members of the Seneca Nation of Indians celebrated the commissioning of a 1.7-megawatt wind turbine on their tribal land in western New York.
Seneca Nation Celebrates Commissioning of 1.7-MW Wind Turbine with DOE Support
On April 7, the Seneca Nation of Indians commissioned a 1.7-megawatt (MW) wind turbine on Seneca Nation Reservation land in western New York.
April 13, 2017
The Northway Washeteria and Water Treatment Plant is one of four community buildings that underwent energy assessments to identify potential energy- and cost-saving opportunities. Photo from Northway Village Council.
Alaska Energy in Action: Northway Identifies Energy Savings Opportunities

In response to a technical assistance request from the Northway Village Council, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy...

March 31, 2017
On Feb. 28, 2017, Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene (second from right) joined the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to celebrate its upgraded Benewah Market in Plummer, Idaho. From left: Joe Peone (Bonneville Power Administration), Alfred M. Nomee (Coeur d’Alene Tribe), James Alexie (Coeur d’Alene Tribe), Chris Deschene, and Ken Johnston (Bonneville Power Administration). Photo from Jennifer Fletcher, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Council Fires Newspaper
Efficiency Upgrades Help Coeur d'Alene Tribe Save Energy and Costs at its Benewah Market

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the successful retrofit of its Benewah Market in Plummer,...

March 8, 2017
Monument Valley. Sandra Begay, Diana Fuller, Rachael Gutierrez, Kimberlynn Cameron
Blog: DOE Intern Applies Asset-Based Framework to Tribal Energy Planning
DOE intern Rachael Gutierrez writes about her experience working with tribes to develop strategic energy resource plans.
January 5, 2017
Intern Researches Sustainable Building Design Opportunities for Her Tribe
Office of Indian Energy intern Diana Fuller researches sustainable building design opportunities.
December 19, 2016
Indian Energy Blog
Blog: Former Interns' Research Offers Insight to Energy Challenges Within Alaska
Two former DOE interns conduct interviews on the challenges to developing renewable energy in Alaska Native communities.
November 30, 2016
Five Tribes Benefit from Hands-On Training in Solar Operations and Maintenance

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide a...

November 9, 2016
Office of Indian Energy Intern Focuses Research on Converting Waste Water to Energy

Hau, Mitakuyapi – Hello! My name is Kimberlynn Cameron. I grew up in Wakpala, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and I am an...

October 21, 2016
Announcing 7 Communities That Will Lead the Climate Fight in Alaska

Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition helps communities implement energy solutions that can be replicated throughout rural Alaska...

October 21, 2016
Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Update
In May 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced its selection of five Alaska Native villages to receive technical...
October 21, 2016
DOE Hydropower Forum Explores Potential for Tribal Projects in Alaska
In response to growing demand for credible, unbiased information about developing small hydropower projects in Alaska, the U.S. Department of Energ...
October 21, 2016
The ANTHC team includes (left to right) Gavin Dixon; Eric Hanssen; Kevin Ulrich; Sharnel Vale; Tashina Duttle; and [not pictured] Bailey Gambell. Photo from Eric Hanssen, ANTHC, NREL 40424
Alaska Energy Champion: The ANTHC Team

In this installment, we caught up with Eric Hanssen, Program Manager of the Alaska Native Health Consortium (ANTHC’s) Rural Energy Initiative for...

September 27, 2016
Photo from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
Fond du Lac Band Poised to Double 2020 Clean Energy Goal

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (the Band) held a ceremony celebrating the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar project on...

August 22, 2016
Site of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Oxford Solar Project. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
Southern Ute Indian Tribe to Begin Construction on Solar Project

Construction on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 1.3-megawatt ground-mounted solar array in Ignacio, Colorado, will begin in early September,...

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes...