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Resources Related to Energy: Renewables

Sustainability Assessments & Strategies for Business and Government Operations

Sustainability Session Presentation

Sustainability is about making green through going green.  It can also mean increased employee and customer satisfaction, enhanced marketing opportunities, and improved public relations.  This can [...]

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Solar Projects in Indian Country

Solar Projects Session Presentation

Solar projects are complicated.  Due to sovereignty, tax liability, jurisdictional, and other considerations, solar projects in Indian Country are particularly challenging.  During this session you [...]

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Anaerobic Digesters: Manure and Food Waste to Power!

Anaerobic Digester

Presented by: Daryl Williams, Tulalip Tribes Tansey Smith, Forest County Potawatomi Learn about Tulalip Tribe's innovative and successful Qualco Dairy Anaerobic Digester and Forest County [...]

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Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas on the topics of Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, and [...]

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TCERC: Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center

TCERC: Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center

TCERC is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary center that combines the intellectual and physical resources of tribes, Northern Arizona University, private industry and national laboratories. Current [...]

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Energy Planning: A Guide for NW Indian Tribes

Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (NW SEED) has published a guidebook, Energy Planning: A Guide for NW Indian Tribes, which was designed as a tool to help Native American Tribes [...]

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Technical Assistance for Tribes

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Tribal Project Assistance

NREL provides technical assistance to help tribes build capacity to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy technology projects. We work with tribal communities across the continental United [...]

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Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues [...]

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Wind Monitoring RFP Template

One of the first steps in determining the feasibility of generating commercial scale wind energy is determining if sufficient wind resources exist at the proposed locations. Many resources are [...]

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Collaborative Integrated Wood Energy Program for Yukon Flats Villages

Increasing the use of wood energy to decrease reliance on expensive diesel fuel in the Athabascan area of [...]

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Geothermal Development at Pyramid Lake

Finding geothermal systems that do not interfere with cultural preservation at Pyramid Lake Paiute, [...]

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Geothermal Development at Turtle Mountain Community College

Development of a geothemal heating and cooling system at Turtle Mountain Community College, [...]

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Algal Biofuel Production

Passamaquoddy's experience with generating heating oil for the tribe from chlorella algae. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Maine's energy mission statement is to be 100% self-sufficient in [...]

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Wind Development on the Rosebud

The potential and process of wind energy development on the Rosebud [...]

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Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Wind Energy Feasibility Review

In this presentation, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska discuss their process for determining whether wind energy was a feasible form of renewable energy development on the reservation. [...]

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Waste to Energy – Biomethane and Salmon

Article: A new biogas plant on Tulalip tribal property is creating more than energy; it’s also generating revenue for future salmon restoration projects. The plant is utilizing biomethane to reduce [...]

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Pueblo of Jemez Renewable Energy Project

The Pueblo of Jemez, with their abundant sunshine, is developing a larger, utility scale solar energy project and is one of the first tribal communities that is selling their solar power back to the [...]

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Solar Furnaces

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa in North Central Minnesota is striving to achieve sustainability, reduce revenue that leaves the community, and create green jobs Leech Lake tribal members. Over 30 homes [...]

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Feasibility Study of Biomass Production Using Poultry Litter and Wood Waste

Feasibility study to determine viability of using poultry litter for biomass [...]

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Tribal Energy Program Publications

Links to Tribal Energy Program peer reviews, program reviews, and other program publications, including "Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes" and the "Renewable [...]

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Tribal Energy Program College Student Summer Internships

Current college upper-classmen and graduate students, who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues, are needed to support Tribal Energy Program efforts with technical project [...]

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Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance

Technical assistance through the Tribal Energy Program (TEP) is intended to assist federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, or other organized groups and communities -- including Alaska [...]

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Tribal Climate and Energy Information

The Tribal Communities page of EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy site is designed to be a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy [...]

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Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes

This handbook was developed on behalf of DOE's Tribal Energy Program by Douglas MacCourt of Ater Wynne LLP. The concept for this handbook grew out of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) [...]

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Tribal Lands Struggle To Bring Clean Power Online

Tribal lands struggle to bring clean power online

National Public Radio story on the Campo Kumeyaay Nation's wind energy projects and the challenges faced by tribes as they pursue renewable energy. Copyright 2010 NPR, 8/20/10. [...]

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians Biodiesel Operation

Efforts of the Poarch Band to convert cooking oil to biodiesel for use in tribal government vehicles.Laura Cook, Environmental Director for the Poarch Creek Band of Creek Indians describes the [...]

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Native American Wind Interest Group (NAWIG) Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter presents Native American wind information, including projects, interviews with pioneers, issues, Wind Powering America activities, and related events. Click to [...]

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Commercial Scale Wind Industry on the Campo Indian Reservation

Commercial Scale Wind Energy on the Campo Indian Reservation

This paper delivered to the American Bar Association outlines the opportunities, challenges, and lessons-learned of implementing a commercial-scale wind project, particularly the economic and tax [...]

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Environmental Progress at Bad River Band of Lake Superior

Powerpoint presentation given by Tom Wojciechowski at the 2006 Environmental Summit. He discusses the environmental progress made by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa [...]

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Wind Powering Native America

Wind Powering Native America

On-line video documents the installation of the first Native American-owned, large, utility-scale wind turbine in Indian country, Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. A printable video [...]

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A Guide to Tribal Energy Development

This online guide was designed to help tribal managers achieve energy goals by outlining a process of strategic energy planning for tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty [...]

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Tribal News – Echoes of Green in Indian Country

Tribal News - Echoes of Green in Indian Country

This 64 page newsletter includes news and events, discusses new technologies with case study examples, and referes to new resources. Some of the specific topics covered in this issue include: wind [...]

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Powering Remote Northern Villages with the Midnight Sun

Alaskan Native Gwich'in Communities north of the Arctic Circle have figured out how to replace their use of diesel fuel for their energy needs(which must be brought in by air tankers due to the lack [...]

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Generating Electricity from Renewable Resources in Indian Country

Generating Electricity from Renenwable Resources

These recommendations to Tribal leaders from the Western Regional Air Partnership, are to assist Tribes in developing renewable energy technologies in order to meet air quality and visibility goals [...]

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Collaborators with Expertise in Energy: Renewables

Funding Related to Energy: Renewables

Energy & Climate – Hewlett Foundation

GOAL: To ensure that energy is produced and used cleanly and efficiently, with limited impacts on human health and the environment, and that global average temperatures increase less than 2°C to [...]

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Western Conservation – Hewlett Foundation

GOAL: To conserve the ecological integrity of the western United States and Canada for people and wildlife. The Hewlett Foundation makes a wide range of grants to preserve these extraordinary natural [...]

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News Related to Energy: Renewables

Mar
20

First Solar commissions 250 MW-AC project on Native American land

Last Thursday, First Solar commissioned the 250 MW-AC Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, marking the commissioning of one of the first utility-scale solar projects completed on tribal land in the United States.

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Feb
8

Controversial Dakota pipeline to go ahead after Army approval

The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.

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Feb
6

U.S. could grant final permit for Dakota pipeline as soon as Friday: government lawyer

The U.S. Army secretary could make a decision on the final permit needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as Friday, the government’s lawyer told a Washington, D.C., court on Monday.

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Jan
23

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]

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Jan
10

Thirty years later, Blackfoot tribes see environmental win on sacred grounds

U.S. officials on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases in a wilderness area bordering Glacier National Park that’s sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of Montana and Canada.

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Jan
9

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using ‘same model as Standing Rock’

Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.

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Dec
22

Navajo Nation on track for its first utility-scale solar plant

A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe’s first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes on average. The $64 million plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016, using federal loans and tax credits, said Walter Haase, general manager […]

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Nov
15

White Earth students at Washington STEM conference

Four students and two faculty members with the White Earth Tribal & Community College flew to Washington, D.C., for what is referred to as the “largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) conference in the country.” The intense, three-day conference was held by the Society for Advancement of […]

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Oct
20

‘Renewable ranch’ in Eastern Agency takes shape

The Eastern Navajo Nation Agency is exploring the possibility of building a solar farm as part of efforts to chart a “new path,” according to a tribal official. A study was done, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program, which analyzed the project’s socioeconomic potential, the […]

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Jul
30

Tribes Get Federal Help With Renewable Energy Projects

Five American Indian tribes now join five Alaska Native villages in receiving technical assistance from the Department of Energy this year on their renewable and anti-climate-change energy projects. The five tribes will get help through the DOE’s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program.  

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Jun
4

Northern California Tribe Harnesses Sun and Wind for Renewable Energy System

It’s sunny and windy on the northern coast of California. So why not put these elements to good use to help power a reservation, expand energy independence and reduce the carbon footprint? That’s the thinking behind the decision by the 577-member Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria to install […]

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Jun
4

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Recognized for Efforts

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has been recognized for its environmental and recycling efforts. In a formal ceremony Wednesday at the Tribal Annex Building in West Seneca, Patrick Riley of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said the department’s mission is to protect, preserve and restore the state’s natural […]

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Apr
21

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Most people can’t imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

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Mar
27

Latest DOE renewable energy funding efforts target tribal communities

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five per cent of all US renewable energy resources, these […]

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Mar
26

Agua Caliente Band gets federal funds for solar carport

The federal government is dishing out nearly $6 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency grants to Native American tribes, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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Mar
18

DOE announces renewable energy investment for tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska […]

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Aug
26

Kashia Pomo Tribe plugs in to Electric Vehicle Stations

Kashia’s Department of Environmental Planning began its quest into alternative energy transportation in 2010. Its goal was to acquire reliable, “environmentally clean” transportation so that Tribal members could safely make the 60 mile trip between the remote Rancheria and the Tribal Office as well as access health care service providers […]

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Apr
3

Crow Coal

The Crow Tribe is working to expand coal mining and renewable energy projects on its southeastern Montana reservation. This includes a proposed coal-to-liquid plant that also captures carbon. Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote was one of the keynote speakers today at an energy industry-sponsored conference and trade show in Billings. […]

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Nov
14

Nine Tribes to Receive $7 Million From DOE for Wind, Biomass, Solar Projects

Nine tribes will receive a total of more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for clean-energy projects.

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Oct
29

Potawatomi Feedstock-to-Energy Conversion Plant Opens

The Forest County Potawatomi Community has opened its newly constructed $20 million Renewable Energy Facility, which will convert area food waste into enough electricity to power 1,500 homes.

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Jul
11

Potawatomi Break Ground on Biogas Plant- Converting Food Waste to Electricity

By next July the Forest County Potawatomi Community-owned FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC is anticipated to complete its food waste-to-energy facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Jul
2

Sioux Tribes Plan a Large Scale Wind Energy Project

Leaders from six Sioux Tribes announced plans to develop a renewable energy project that would generate 1 to 2 gigawatts of power annually.

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Jun
25

Three Tribes Go Solar With Help From Department Of Energy

Three Tribes from Arizona, California and Colorado have gone solar with the help of the Department of Energy’s  Strategic Technical Assistance Response team, or START program.

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Jun
14

Tribal Leaders Learn From Each other At Energy Conference

Over 300 Tribal and non tribal energy leaders and companies held a conference June 10-12 aimed at helping tribes increase their self sufficiency efforts, explore energy policies and resource development.

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Apr
30

Oklahoma Tribes Partner on Chilocco Property Wind Farm

Four tribes celebrated Earth Day April 22 by breaking ground on a new eco-friendly business enterprise at a former Indian boarding school.

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