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July 23, 2014 -
August 1, 2014
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Solar Electric & Heat System Training Take advantage of this low-cost way to learn about two renewable energy technologies in one training. This training includes installing Solar Air Heating systems on buildings on the Pine Ridge Reservation as well as installing two 1.5 + KW grid-tied photovoltaic systems. In addition, students will have the opportunity to get involved with Trees, Water & People; nonprofit solar organizations GRID Alternatives and Solar Energy International; sustainable project partner Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative out of the University of Colorado; and Pine Ridge's own Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. Most of the training is hands-on, although students will receive classroom training on both technologies as well. Cost is $1,400 per student.

To attend this training, register online and submit your payment by July 8, 2014.

August 1, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
USDA BioPreferred Program Public Meeting for Stakeholders The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) BioPreferred program office will host a public meeting for stakeholders to discuss the issue of incorporating mature market (wood) products into the BioPreferred program.

Register for the meeting. When registering, please note whether you wish to be recognized to make a formal presentation. To join the public meeting by conference call, dial (800) 981-3173 and use conference ID: 6557. For more information about the public meeting, or to submit written comments, contact: Ron Buckhalt, BioPreferred Program Manager, 202-205-4008.

August 8, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O&M Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five-step energy project development framework: Project Implementation (Step 4) and Operations and Maintenance (Step 5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics the presenters will cover include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The webinar will stress the importance of developing a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

August 9, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska
REAP 10th Annual Renewable Energy Alaska Fair Sponsored by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, the annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the downtown parkstrip in Anchorage is fun for the whole family! Enjoy the live music, crafts, great local food, informational booths, children’s activities, and interesting workshops. Admission is FREE and it’s guaranteed to be a great time!

For additional questions and general information, contact REAP’s Summer Event Coordinator, Amy Canavan, at 907-929-7770 or events@REalaska.org.

August 13-14, 2014
Lawrence, Kansas
Haskell Indian Nations University Roundtable: Increased Productions of Traditional and Other Foods in an Era of Abrupt Climate Change Hosted by the Haskell Indian University International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, this roundtable discussion will identify and examine issues related to Food and Identity; Scientific and Technical Foundations of Traditional Food Production; and Legal Underpinnings of Intensified Traditional Food Production.

There is no registration fee for the roundtable, but advance RSVP is requested; email Mervyn Tano.

August 13, 2014
Online
NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team Webinar: Community Solar Scenario Tool—Planning a Fruitful Solar Garden Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Solar Technical Assistance team, this webinar will highlight a new tool that allows utilities and solar advocates and developers to analyze and compare options when creating a community or shared solar program.

Register online.

August 13, 2014
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
HUD ONAP/NLC Grant Writing Essentials Workshop Hosted by HUD's Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs, in collaboration with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center (NLC), this course will share several keys to writing a successful grant and provide valuable guidance on making your proposal stand out.

Register online.

August 14, 2014
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DOE Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021) This webinar, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time, will provide information for potential applicants to the Energy Department's Funding Opportunity for the Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021). This webinar will provide a description of the funding opportunity announcement, the types of applications sought, who is eligible to apply, cost share and other requirements, what the application needs to contain, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding.

Register online.

August 19-21, 2014
Catoosa, Oklahoma
Native Learning Center Indian Housing Training Conference The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center (NLC) is presenting its Second Annual Indian Housing Training Conference hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. NLC will provide housing professionals with the resources to maintain quality homes, build drug-free housing developments, and create safe and prosperous communities for Native families by expanding affordable housing opportunities into the heart of Indian Country. Over the course of this three-day conference, participants will be able to join critical sessions related to tribal housing programs that are imperative to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indian Housing Block Grant Program. Registration is FREE for Native Americans and those working within Indian Country.

View the agenda and register online.

August 19-20, 2014
Browning, Montana
DOE Tribal Energy by Design Forum: Developing an Energy Roadmap on Tribal Lands This energy forum will focus on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers. Organizers hope to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value, efficiency, and stewardship. The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming, although representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are invited to join the discussion as well. A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunches during the forum.

Register online. For more information, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm, 406-265-3699.

August 21-22, 2014
Nome, Alaska
DOE Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help Alaska Native villages and Alaska Native corporations understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Register online. For more information, email tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

August 26-28, 2014
Prior Lake, Minnesota
DOE Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. This workshop is designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community and facility-scale renewable energy projects. Attendees will learn how renewable energy project development can advance tribal clean energy goals and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Register online.

August 27, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing Although smaller in scale than commercial projects, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable about the types of financing that exist for smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register online.

August 27, 2014
Online
ICLEI and IREC Solar Permitting and Inspection Series Webinar In this final webinar of the series sponsored by the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC), presenters will examine how communities can change their permitting processes, with a particular focus on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations. The webinar is targeted to municipal permit review staff and inspectors but should be useful to a diverse audience, including other municipal staff, solar installers. and others in the solar industry, and individuals and organizations interested in seeing changes to the permitting processes in their communities.

Register online.

September 10-13, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Native Learning Center Second Annual Indian Housing Training Conference The Native Learning Center (NLC), a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, announces the expansion of our trainings outside the state of Florida! The Indian Housing Training Conference has been moved to the DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown. The NLC will provide housing professionals with the tools to maintain good homes, build affordable homes, improve public safety, and provide essential building blocks to a healthy community in the heart of Indian Country. Over the course of this four-day conference, participants will be able to join critical sessions related to Tribal housing programs that are imperative to HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program.

To register for the conference and see a preliminary agenda, visit the NLC website at http://nativelearningcenter.com/indianhousingtrainingconference

September 10, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar attendees will learn what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. The process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders will be explained. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for Tribes. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process so that the tribe can realize the greatest benefit. Last, presenters will outline the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with.

Register online.

September 23-25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska
Alaska Rural Energy Conference The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. The 2013 conference in Anchorage attracted almost 500 people from more than 75 villages and towns in Alaska and beyond. Building on the growing success, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power have joined forces again to organize and sponsor the 9th annual Alaska Rural Energy Conference. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: 1) Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and 2) UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.

Register online. To learn more and download the agenda, visit the event website.

September 24, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Successful Project Financing Mechanisms - ESPCs and UESCs The attendees will learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). The discussion includes how these two methods allow tribes to develop the projects with limited to no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need for including the project costs in budgets or requesting congressional appropriations for them. The speakers will also identify best implementation practices developed over nearly 15 years and hundreds of projects.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

October 15-17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin
SDI Shifting Seasons Summit Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), this three-day summit will focus on different levels of climate change adaptation training for tribes. There will also be ample opportunities for networking among indigenous practitioners, tribal leaders and land managers, federal agencies, and climate change scientists. The information is specific to the Northeast region but is open to all who are interested in the issues of climate change and tribes. The event is being planned with assistance from the Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Michigan State University faculty and is funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change program and the Northeast Climate Science Center. Additional assistance will be provided from the Penn State University-led Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies network. For tribes in the northeast who may not be able to travel to the summit, some funding is available to set up satellite locations for participation via live streaming broadcast.

Please contact pwaukau@menominee.edu for more information.

October 26-31, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
NCAI 71st Annual Convention Save the date for the National Congress of American Indians 71st Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

For the latest information, visit the event Web page.

October 29, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Putting It All Together Attendees will hear a recap of the information covered in the previous webinars and the tremendous opportunities that are waiting to be taken advantage of. Attendees will hear about the data from a 2012 National Renewable Energy Laboratory report, which cites that American Indian land comprises 2% of U.S. land but contains an estimated 5% of all renewable energy resources. Presenters include participants in the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program and the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group. Attendees will learn about the DOE Office of Indian Energy collaborations and tribal experiences that identified obstacles and opportunities in energy and related infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country. The question-and-answer session will emphasize the need to get feedback from the key stakeholders on the topics for the 2015 Tribal Webinar Series.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.