Events

This calendar lists upcoming events in Indian Country sponsored by DOE and a variety of government agencies, associations, and organizations.

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May 20-22, 2015
Fort Collins, Colorado
2015 North Central Climate Science Center Open Science Conference This three-day conference will bring together the regional climate research community (North Central region universities, government agencies, and other research institutions) and stakeholders, including local, federal, and tribal resource managers and leaders, to foster productive engagement with the North Central Climate Science Center University Consortium. The conference will explore a variety of emerging research issues and topics.

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May 22, 2015
Seattle, Washington
Native Action Network 2014 Women's Leadership Forum The 11th Annual Native Women's Leadership Forum & Enduring Spirit Awards event will feature keynote speakers, workshops, and educational forums honoring Native women making a difference in their communities and celebrating the power of positive change.

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May 27, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Models and Tools for Evaluating Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar is about the models and tools developed by DOE and its partners to assist Tribes in assessing renewable energy and energy efficiency project potential. Presenters will explore the use of publicly available energy data and maps, analysis tools, software, and calculators in developing tribal energy projects. The webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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May 27-29, 2015
Washington, DC, District of Columbia
DOE Better Buildings Summit Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Better Buildings Summit is an opportunity for leading organizations across key sectors to showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next 10 years. This annual event is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

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May 31, 2015 -
June 5, 2015
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Green Business Development in Indian Country Hosted by Trees, Water, and People, this five-day course is based on the Indianpreneurship curriculum developed by Our Native Business Network. The workshop walks attendees through the process of creating a draft business plan, a start-up budget, and an operating budget. Tuition is $1,000.

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June 3-4, 2015
Reno, Nevada
National Geothermal Summit The National Geothermal Summit is the leading forum for western state policy discussions and bringing together the geothermal industry with state and federal policy makers.

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June 8-11, 2015
North Bend, Oregon
2015 National Indian Timber Symposium Hosted by the Intertribal Timber Council, the National Indian Timber Symposium is an annual event that facilitates communication from the perspective of tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, private industry, legislative bodies, and academia on issues and concerns related to current forestry management practices.

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June 9-11, 2015
Norman, Oklahoma
DOE Oklahoma Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes. Workshops are designed exclusively for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005. 

June 15-16, 2015
Buena Vista, Florida
Ninth Annual Native American Economic Development, Diversification, & Energy Projects Conference Hosted by Native Nation Events, the 9th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference will be held in conjunction with the Inaugural Leaders of Tomorrow Workshop. The Economic Development Conference will feature a series of panels, roundtable discussions, and speakers. Attendees will hear from top experts focusing on economic diversification. The Leaders of Tomorrow Workshop is designed for Native youth (ages 16-20 year) who strive to make an impact in their communities.

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June 15-18, 2015
Washington, DC, District of Columbia
RES D.C. Hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Reservation Economic Summit (RES) D.C. is a four-day event designed to provide Native American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools and networking opportunities they need to be successful.

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June 24, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Regulatory Impacts on Indian Lands Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will show how Tribes play an increasing and critical role in regulating activities on Indian lands. Presenters will describe the latest developments surrounding the HEARTH Act and discuss how it can help tribal communities create a bright future by supporting tribal self-determination, encouraging economic growth, and promoting community development in Indian Country. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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June 29, 2015 -
July 1, 2015
Boulder, Colorado
Rising Voices 3: Learning and Doing - Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing The Rising Voices workshop, in collaboration with the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership, will cover how to improve methods of incorporating resilience and cultural values explicitly in future planning programs. Attendees will hear about scientific-indigenous partnerships in response to climate variability and change, education curricula and student engagement on climate issues, and ways to further a more inclusive understanding of natural resources and ecosystem services.

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July 10-11, 2015
Grand Ronde, Oregon
Native Veterans Summit Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, this free event for Native veterans. will feature talking circles, support meetings, veterans' benefit information, and more. All meals will be provided.

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July 25, 2015
Fairview, Alaska
REAP Renewable Energy Fair The Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is hosting their annual Renewable Energy Fair at Fairview Elementary School. This event is a great opportunity to build and diversify our audience, save money through sharing resources, and work together with new partners to build healthy and sustainable communities. The event is from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 27, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 11th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff on “Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

July 28-29, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
DOE New Mexico Community-Scale Workshop The DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that that will walk participants through the process for developing community -scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes. The forum and workshop are limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs. This workshop will also feature a tour of the lab.

Register now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

July 29, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Procurement: Best Practices for Developing and Implementing Request for Proposals Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will cover how to develop RFPs that effectively reflect the tribal strategic plan and encourage qualified bidders to respond. In addition, get tips for ensuring that your RFP gets wide distribution and response and learn how responses are judged using structured evaluation and selection procedures. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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August 17-18, 2015
Seattle, Washington
Energy Exports in the Northwest Law Seminars International is hosting a two-day conference covering various energy topics, including air quality initiatives, federal regulatory structure, the role of tribes in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and more.

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August 17-20, 2015
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
ITEP 2015 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum Hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, Superfund sites, emergency response, and tribal water programs.

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August 26, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Successful Tribal Renewable Energy Projects Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will show attendees how Tribes have been able to identify, qualify, and develop successful facility-, community-, and utility-scale renewable energy projects, which cover the gamut of renewable energy technologies. Speakers will explore the keys to successful project implementation, including strategic planning, financing, overcoming barriers, reducing risks, and producing measurable results. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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September 1-3, 2015
Golden, Colorado
DOE Colorado Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The workshops offer a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other tribes. Workshops are designed exclusively for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. This workshop will feature a tour of the lab.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

September 2-4, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
2015 Brownfields Conference The 2015 Brownsfield Conference is a three-day conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The conference has educational sessions with expert speakers, networking and business development opportunities, and mobile activities.

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September 9-13, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
10th Annual North American Passive House Conference Hosted by Passive House Institute US, this five-day conference will target both multifamily and single family housing design, engineering, and development along with Passive House certification.

September 30, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Working with Utilities: Effective Paths for Tribal Governments Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will cover how to work with utilities serving Indian Country to help improve the tribal economy, create local jobs, and enhance the lifestyle of the community. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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September 30, 2015 -
October 2, 2015
Billings, Montana
NCAT Harvesting Clean Energy The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is hosting the 14th Annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development and to maximize the profits by practicing good stewardship.

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October 28, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Advanced Financing Models Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will provide details about renewable project financing, presenters will cover federal and state incentives, local resources, and partnerships that can help develop creative project financing terms and structures. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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November 18, 2015
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series: Putting It All Together Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), this webinar will review information from the previous webinars and learn about the tremendous energy development opportunities that continue to await Tribes. In revisiting the five-step project development process, speakers will discuss tribal experiences and collaborations that have revealed obstacles as well as opportunities for energy and infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country. During the final question-and-answer session, stakeholders will have an opportunity to weigh in on topics for the 2016 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. This webinar runs from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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