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2011 College Student Interns

A photo of four student interns and their Tribal Energy Program mentor and leader standing side by side  in front of a Pueblo-style adobe church and holding a PV demonstration panel.

Pictured left to right at Sky City, traditional village of the Pueblo of Acoma: Devin Dick, Tammie Allen, Sandra Begay-Campbell, Gepetta Billie, and Chelsea Chee.
Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories

Learn more about the Tribal Energy Program's 2011 college student interns, including their educational backgrounds, research papers, testimonials, and photos.

Tammie Allen (Jicarilla Apache)


  • M.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, Emphasis Environmental and Natural Resource Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • B.A. Humanities, Cum Laude, College of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • 2012, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Reduction Agency, contracts department

Research paper: Improving Sustainability, Conservation, and Economic Development Utilizing Off-Grid Ecolodge: Ramona Band of Cahuilla Mission Indian Reservation Case Study

Gepetta Billie (Navajo)


  • M.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • B.A. Environmental Planning & Design, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • A.A.S. Civil Engineering Technology, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico

UNM Master's Thesis: Addressing Renewable Energy Development at the Local Level by Learning How to Plan through Green Building: An Example of Community-based Planning on the Navajo Reservation

Chelsea Chee (Navajo)


  • M.S. Community & Regional Planning and Public Administration, University of New Mexico
  • B.S. Environmental Planning & Design, University of Arizona

Research paper: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Benefits Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla via Implementation at Their Indian Canyons Trading Post

Devin Dick (Navajo)

Research paper: Suggested Alternatives for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Utilizing Excess Power Generated by Stored Hybrid Units

Intern Testimonial

"One of the most useful and biggest learning aspects of our field visits is the people we are introduced to and visit with outside of the meetings and conferences."
— Chelsea Chee