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March 13, 2014
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, Kwig...
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...

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 h...
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 impor...
November 21, 2013
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 Ener...
November 19, 2013
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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...

November 8, 2013
EERE Success Story—Idaho: Nez Perce Tribe Energy-Efficient Facilities Upgrade
The Nez Perce Tribe is located in the Pacific Northwest, where electrical energy costs are traditionally very low due to the hydropower generated i...
September 30, 2013
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...
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...

September 6, 2013
Christine Klein, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the
Calista Corporation
Leading the Charge: Christine Klein

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...

August 21, 2013
From left to right: James Jensen, Tom Johnson, Jody Rosier, and Rebecca Kauffman of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, and Otto VanGeet and Alex Dane of NREL, tour a potential solar array site on Southern Ute tribal land in Ignacio, CO. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project

Members of the Office of Indian Energy START team, the Southern Ute Tribe, and Southern Ute Alternative Energy meet to discuss a potential solar...

August 13, 2013
In Alaska's rural villages, many families struggle with the impact of high energy costs --  often times, almost half of a family's income is spent on fuel to power a home. To face this, the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy works closely with tribal nations, state government, NGOs and the private sector to help tribes develop the energy resources that exist on tribal lands. 

NANA is an organization that operates in northwest Alaska -- the region pictured in the pastoral landscape above. Through building businesses and using smart development of Alaskan resources, NANA's strategic energy plan involves expanding sources of renewable energy, with the goal of reducing the region's dependence on fossil fuels by 50 percent by the year 2025. <a href="/node/625446" target="_blank">Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to reduce energy costs in Alaska</a>. | Photo courtesy of NANA, Arend.
Photo of the Week: Alaska's Future in Renewable Energy

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 6, 2013
Wind Farm Growth Through the Years
Breaking down data from the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report to chart the growth of wind farms across America over time.
July 24, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge

How one U.S. army veteran's interest in solar energy created opportunities and possibilities for an entire community.

July 16, 2013
Workshop guest speaker Bill Cornelius of Oneida Seven Generations Corporation discussed the tribal renewable energy project development and finance process in action. Photo by John De La Rosa, NREL
Workshop Helps Empower Tribes to Make Renewable Energy Project Development Decisions

Twenty participants from 13 Tribes participated in a Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop hosted by the...

July 13, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
EERE Success Story—Oglala Lakota College gets Hands-On Training for Off-Grid Solar
EERE Success Story—Oglala Lakota College gets Hands-On Training for Off-Grid Solar
June 12, 2013
The DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forum on "Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals" was held May 30–31 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Brooke Oleen Tieperman, NCSL.
Tribal and Military Leaders Come Together to Talk Renewable Energy

The seventh in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forums was held May 30–31 in Phoenix and focused on potential opportunities...

March 1, 2013
Bright Skies Ahead for Moapa
The Moapa Band of Paiutes leads the first industrial-scale solar photovoltaic project in Indian Country—a 250-megawatt solar farm that will power...
March 1, 2013
Strategic Planning Opens Doors for Isolated Alaskan Village
Through the Office of Indian Energy’s 2012 Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, the Organized Village of Kake in Alaska ...
December 5, 2012
Laura Quaha of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation and Melissa Estaes with the Campo Environmental Protection Agency accompany START team members at a September 2012 wind site assessment on the Campo Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California. | Photo by Alexander Dane, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
New Tribal Nations Energy Initiatives

The Energy Department announces new tribal energy initiatives for 2013.

October 22, 2012
Andrea Alexander, Makah Tribe in Neah Bay (Washington)/Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Leading the Charge: Tribal Women in Power

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...

October 22, 2012
Pictured from left to right on Agua Caliente tribal land: Colleen Cooley, Student Intern Program Supervisor Sandra Begay-Campbell of Sandia National Laboratories, Chelsea Chee, Nikki Tulley, Nora Cata, and Jessica Rodriguez. Photo from Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories
Office of Indian Energy Sponsors Two Sandia Student Interns

Sandia National Laboratories’ Tribal Internship Program has provided Native American college students with hands-on work experience in the energy...

October 22, 2012
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Crow Nation Students Participate in Algae Biomass Research Project

Student interns from the Crow Tribe in Montana participate in an algae biomass research project that could help prepare them for cleantech jobs and...

August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of...

July 17, 2012
Secretary Chu and Office of Indian Energy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin tribal leaders in Milwaukee, WI. | Photo courtesy of Mark Appleton.
Wisconsin Tribal Leaders Work Towards a Clean Energy Future

Secretary Chu and Indian Energy Policy Director Tracey LeBeau meet with Wisconsin Tribal Leaders to discuss their commitment to a clean energy...