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November 17, 2014
Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

This White House Council on Women and Girls blog discusses a report released on Nov. 12 that delves into the inequities and distinct challenges facing women of color, while examining some of the efforts underway to close unfair gaps in educational outcomes, pay, career opportunity, health disparities, and more.

November 13, 2014
Photo by Warren Gretz, NREL 07317.
Landmark Tribal Wind Energy Deal Paves the Way for Tribal-Federal Leadership on Clean Energy

MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and commercial wind developer Geronimo Energy, is the first tribal entity to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the federal government. The groundbreaking deal marks the largest wind energy purchase from a single source in federal contracting history.

October 20, 2014
Leading the Charge: Chairman Vig Champions Progress, Sustainability

A photo of Chairman Vig.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 feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy on tribal lands.

October 20, 2014
With DOE support, workers weatherize the exterior of the Lakeview Lodge in Minto, Alaska. Photo from Russell Snyder, Interior Regional Housing Authority, NREL 31796
Minto Upgrades Community Lodge with START Support

The Lakeview Lodge is the heart of Minto, a small Alaska Native village 126 miles northwest of Fairbanks. The 12,000-square-foot building is used daily for school and senior lunch programs, community meetings, and village council operations.

“It is critical to the community,” said Bessie Titus, Administrator for the Minto Village Council, which represents 210 residents.

October 20, 2014
PV panels installed on Grand Ronde Tribal Housing Authority carport. Photo from GRTHA, NREL 31797
Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs

Challenge: Situated on nearly 12,000 acres in the heart of Western Oregon’s scenic coastal range, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon has a strong connection to the earth and nature and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship. Landless from 1954 until 1983 when the Grand Ronde Restoration Act returned a portion of its land base, the Tribe has faced an uphill climb building out the infrastructure and services required to support and sustain its community of approximately 5,000 members.

October 16, 2014
More than 21 representatives of state and regional organizations participated in an the initial facilitation workshop for Alaska Energy Ambassadors held at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Office in Anchorage in September. Photo by Jared Temanson, NREL
Energy Ambassadors to Provide Front Line Support for Alaska Native Villages

In Alaska, many Native villages and regional corporations are pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects as part of their long-term strategies for lowering energy costs and increasing energy security. The DOE Office of Indian Energy is rolling out a pilot Energy Ambassadors Program in Fiscal Year 2015 that will respond directly to that need in Alaska.

September 23, 2014
Fond du Lac Band Leads Climate Resilience Efforts on Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation

From the White House Council on Environmental Quality blog: Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation. We toured the reservation and facilities with tribal Chairwoman Karen Diver, a member of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and the Tribe’s Resource Management Division.

September 22, 2014
A 900-kW Native-owned wind farm generates 10% of Nome's electricity, reducing dependence on diesel fuel. Photo from Bering Straits Native Corp., NREL 16298
Laying the Foundation for a More Energy-Secure Future in Rural Alaska

Based on strong interest and several requests from tribal entities across the Bering Straits region, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Tribal Energy Program hosted a Community- and Facility-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance workshop in Nome, Alaska, Aug. 21-22. This was the second regional workshop DOE conducted this year in Alaska, and the first time newly developed Alaska-specific renewable energy educational curriculum was presented.

September 17, 2014
Sandia/Tribal Energy Program 2014 summer interns Thomas Jones, Len Necefer, and Aaron Cate, and their supervisor and mentor Sandra Begay-Campbell. Photo from Thomas Jones, Sandia National Laboratories.
DOE Tribal Intern Aims to Improve Conditions in Indian Country by Addressing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development

This guest blog by DOE Tribal Energy Program Intern Tommy Jones is the second in a three-part series highlighting the experience of the college student interns who worked with the program during the summer of 2014 under the supervision and mentorship of Sandra Begay-Campbell, an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

July 22, 2014
The 2014 Sandia/Tribal Energy Program summer interns:  Aaron Cate, Sandra Begay-Campbell, Thomas Jones, and Len Necefer. Photo from Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories
DOE Tribal Intern Focuses on Integrating Energy Policy and Navajo Cultural Values

My interest in energy planning on the Navajo Nation stemmed from the desire to improve energy resource development in my own community. The legacy of environmental and health impacts from uranium and coal mining motivated me to find ways of developing energy resources in a manner more consistent with cultural values and the visions of the Navajo Nation. While I have developed many valuable technical analysis skills and tools in my Ph.D. program, most of the knowledge about Indian energy issues requires significant on-the-ground engagement with communities and their leaders. As a Tribal Energy Program intern, I have developed important connections in the area of tribal energy working with tribal leaders and my fellow interns.