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March 13, 2014
The San Carlos Apache Tribe is making use of its extensive solar resources to power tribal facilities, including this 10-kilowatt (kW) solar PV system, which generates energy to run the tribal radio tower. Photo from San Carlos Apache Tribe, NREL 29202
San Carlos Apache Tribe Set to Break Ground on New Solar Project

This spring, the San Carlos Apache Tribe plans to break ground on a new tribally financed and owned 1.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array that will power tribal enterprises, reduce energy use, and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

March 13, 2014
CWG community members review structural plans as part of their wind turbine training in Kwigillingok, AK. Photo from Intelligent Energy Systems, NREL 29205
Winning the Future: Chaninik Wind Group Pursues Innovative Solutions to Native Alaska Energy Challenges

Between 2010 and 2013, Chaninik Wind Group (CWG) implemented a multi-village wind heat smart grid in the Alaska Native villages of Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, and Tuntutuliak, integrating heating systems and a grid installed with partial funding through the DOE Tribal Energy Program with the five existing 95-kW wind turbines CWG had installed in each community. Each system produces wind capacity in excess of 200% of the peak load and uses an on-site wind-diesel smart grid control system to maximize efficiency.

March 13, 2014
Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (MN)
Leading the Charge: Native Leaders Give Tribes a Voice on White House Climate Task Force

As members of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (MN), and Mayor Reggie Joule, Northwest Arctic Borough (AK), are tasked with providing President Obama with recommendations on measures that will help tribal communities better prepare for and deal with the effects of climate change.

November 21, 2013
From Theory to Reality: Visit to NREL Heightens Student's Desire to Become an Engineer

As a student at New Mexico State University majoring in electrical engineering technology with a minor in renewable energy technology, I want to help my community by incorporating renewable energy technology so power will be distributed to every home, business, or school at an affordable cost to both my community and the electrical company. Visiting the NREL facility not only heightened my desire to become an engineer but also to see my goals come to fruition.

November 21, 2013
Environmental Science Student Encouraged to Pursue Personal and Tribal Goals During NREL Tour

As a senior studying environmental science at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Zuni Pueblo, I have always believed that it is important for our Tribe to develop and protect our resources. There has always been a desire in my future goals to help my community with its resources, particularly to protect our lands and water. Our Tribe is unique in its language, customs, and traditions, and the environment we occupy is precious and complex. My reason for wanting to visit NREL ties into this desire to be involved in sustainable research, not only with energy but in other avenues as well.

November 21, 2013
From left to right, Reyna Banteah, Shaun Tsabetsaye, and Jeremy Laselute of Zuni Pueblo, with NREL's Otto VanGeet. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
STEM Students Aim to Increase Tribal Self-Sufficiency

As an electrical engineering consultant working for my Tribe of Zuni Pueblo, I had the opportunity to arrange a trip to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for two undergraduate students in the latter part of October. The trip gave all of us a glimpse of the potential for Zuni Pueblo in building a technical pipeline for our people.

November 19, 2013
Federal-Tribal Partnership on Climate Change Action Rounds Corner, Shifts Into High Gear at 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

The 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, held Wednesday, November 13 at the Department of the Interior, was a turning point in the federal-tribal partnership to combat climate change and strengthen community resilience.

November 13, 2013
Energy Department Announces the SUN Project, Empowering Urban Native Youth in STEM Education

The SUN Project is a new collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to engage urban Native American youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

September 30, 2013
The Office of Indian Energy's Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance workshop was held September 18-20 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Photo by John De La Rosa, NREL
Workshop Provides Hands-On Project Development Training for 26 Tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy hosted a second tribal renewable energy project development and finance Workshop September 18-20 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, this time focusing on community- and facility-scale development. Forty-two participants, including representatives from 26 Tribes as well as several federal agencies, took part in this most recent training opportunity to learn about the potential of and how to develop and finance these unique and smaller scale projects that can serve to reduce costs, increase reliability, and support tribal goals for energy self-sufficiency.

September 6, 2013
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are converting waste vegetable oil and grease to biofuel in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use.
Fuel from Waste Helps Power Two Tribes

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had plenty of used vegetable oil and grease on hand and a desire to convert the waste to biofuel to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use. The Tribes participated in a demonstration project with the intent to share their experience and lessons learned so that other Tribes would be able to replicate the results on their own lands.