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Indian Energy Program Initiatives

The Office of Indian Energy approach is, first and foremost, a collaborative one as it works with tribal nations, federal agencies, state governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to support tribally led development of the considerable energy resources that exist on tribal lands.

To guide the strategic planning and implementation of the Department’s tribal energy programs and policies, Energy Secretary Steven Chu established an Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group. After holding numerous and in-depth roundtables and DOE Tribal Summit conversations in early 2011 with tribal governments, tribal organizations, and Alaskan Native communities and leaders, the Office of Indian Energy launched three near-term strategic initiatives to support the tribal energy development and capacity-building priorities established in the Congressional statute defining the Office’s mission. Learn more about the following key initiatives: