Based on feedback received during the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, President Obama established the White House Council on Native American Affairs in June 2013. Chaired by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Council includes representatives from more than 30 federal departments and agencies working collaboratively to promote the development of prosperous and resilient tribal communities by:
1. Promoting sustainable economic development;
2. Supporting greater access to and control over healthcare;
The U.S. Department of Energy will host seven tribal consultation sessions and seven stakeholder outreach meetings with Alaska Native federally recognized Tribes and corporations on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The sessions will give Alaska Native Tribes and corporations an opportunity to provide input on a 10-year plan to develop renewable energy resources in the Arctic region.
On October 1, 2014, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate.
The Aug. 27 Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar will explore various forms of financing for smaller facility- and community-scale renewable energy projects, including their relative advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities.
The Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy, Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Project Implementation and Operations & Maintenance, on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will focus on the last two steps of a five-step tribal energy project development framework: Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M).
The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel, and promoting economic development.
On July 16, at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration announced the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program to help tribes prepare for climate change.
The DOE Office of Indian Energy and Tribal Energy Program are hosting a series of interactive workshops this summer for tribal leaders and staff focused on developing commercial-, community-, and facility-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.