This page features links to nonprogram information resources about tribal energy topics and programs that support American Indians. Resources include:
- Native American policy and guidance
The following publications provide information helpful for tribal energy development, including policy and guidance.
Studies and Reports
Geospatial Analysis of Renewable Energy Technical Potential on Tribal Lands — Published in 2013 by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs technical report uses an established geospatial methodology to estimate the technical potential for renewable energy on tribal lands for the purpose of allowing tribes to prioritize the development of renewable energy resources either for community scale on-tribal land use or for revenue generating electricity sales.
United States Electricity Industry Primer — This 2015 report published by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability provides a high-level overview of the U.S. electricity supply chain, including generation, transmission, and distribution; markets and ownership structures, including utilities and regulatory agencies; and system reliability and vulnerabilities.
White House Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report: Investing in the Future of Tribal Nations — This 2014 report highlights the Administration's progress and accomplishments in Indian Country over the past year
Wind Powering America Anemometer Loan Program: A Retrospective — Published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this white paper details the history, mechanics, status, and impact of the Native American Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) conducted by DOE's Wind Powering America initiative.
Federally Recognized Tribes — List of all federally recognized tribes that are eligible for support from the U.S. government. See "Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs" in this January 2015 Federal Register notice. This is a short (six-page) list of the names of federally recognized tribes. For more detailed information, including tribal contacts, see the Tribal Leaders Directory (below).
Tribal Leaders Directory — Detailed, 153-page directory of all federally recognized tribes that are eligible for support from the U.S. government. Provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).
Handbooks and Guides
Native Power: A Handbook on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Native American Communities — Prepared by the Native American Renewable Energy Education Project.
NativeSUN: A Model for Sustainable Solar Electric Systems on Indian Lands — Paper by Sandia National Laboratories.
The Solar Way: Photovoltaics on Indian Lands — Guide published by Sandia National Laboratories.
Sustainable Energy Opportunities and Best Practices for Alaska Tribes — Guide published by the EPA.
Tribal Nations & the United States: An Introduction — Guide provides a basic overview of the history and underlying principles of tribal governance.
Energy Planning: A Guide for Northwest Indian Tribes — Published by Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED). Helps tribes select and implement projects to conserve energy, generate renewable power, construct efficient buildings, etc. Useful to tribes across the country.
Indian Country Today — Online news.
Indian Energy Beat — The DOE Office of Indian Energy's Indian Energy Beat newsletter highlights opportunities and actions to accelerate energy development in Indian Country.
Promoting Tribal Self-Reliance: Stories and Examples of Tribal Adaptation to Change — To support self-determination as Native people and to adapt to environmental changes, tribes must take action now, perhaps in partnership with other communities, agencies, and organizations. This collection of adaptation practices and strategies published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents practical examples for tribal environmental managers and leadership to consider applying to their own unique circumstances.
Native American Policy and Guidance
The following documents describe DOE's policy toward Native Americans.
American Indian Executive Orders — All of the executive orders issued by the President of the United States on Indian affairs from 1994 to the present.
Celebrating Tribal Utilities — Bonneville Power Administration video documenting how two Northwest tribes realized their vision of creating a tribally owned utility to meet the electricity needs of their communities.
Local Government Climate Adaptation Training — EPA training video to help local government officials increase their communities’ resiliency to a changing climate. The 30-minute training will illustrate how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, and more.
The following websites and Web pages provide information helpful for tribal energy development, including other organizations, and education and training.
Education and Training Programs
The following websites provide information on educational and training opportunities.
American Indian College Fund — Information on scholarships.
American Indian Education Foundation — Provides support for Indian education throughout the United States, including student scholarships.
American Indian Graduate Center — Information on scholarships, fellowships, internships, postdoctoral programs, research opportunities, and employment opportunities.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society — Information on opportunities to study science, engineering, and technology.
Bureau of Indian Education — Formerly the DOI Office of Indian Education.
Council of Energy Resource Tribes — Information on internships and TRIBES (Tribal Resource Institute in Business, Engineering, and Science).
Internship and Fellowship Opportunities in Science — Information for students, teachers, and professors who are looking for internships or fellowships in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Native Workplace — Information on training for "green collar" jobs in Indian Country.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education — Online journal.
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education — Information on Indian education organizations, colleges, student organizations, Indian/native studies departments, K-12 Indian schools, and more.
U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education — Information on executive orders, the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, grant opportunities, and the Indian education budget.
U.S. Department of Energy
- Education Websites at DOE Labs and Facilities
- Energy Education and Workforce Development
- Office of Indian Energy Education and Training
- Science Education
- Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities — Ensures that the nation's tribal colleges and universities are more fully recognized and have full access to federal programs benefiting other higher education institutions.
These tribal organizations may be able to provide additional resources and assistance with energy development on tribal lands.
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Council of Energy Resource Tribes
Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group
National American Indian Housing Council
National Congress of American Indians
Native Tribes of the United States and Canada
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
These federal organizations may be able to provide additional resources and assistance with energy development on tribal lands.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
U.S Department of Energy
- DOE home page
- DOE organization chart
- DOE Hanford Indian Nations Program
- DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy organization chart
- DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
- DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
- National Energy Technology Laboratory
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
- Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- HHS home page
- Administration for Native Americans — Awards funds through grants to Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
- Rural Information Center's Native American Resources
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Guide to Energy Efficient and Healthy Homes
- Quantity Quotes — Developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency, Quantity Quotes is a fast, easy-to-use tool that enables anyone, from multifamily building owners and managers to schools and universities to utilities, to easily purchase large quantities of green, ENERGY STAR and WaterSense qualified products. Purchasers and suppliers communicate directly to negotiate discounted prices.
U.S. Department of the Interior
- BIA home page
- BIA Indian Education Program
- BIA Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development
- Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse
U.S Environmental Protection Agency
- EPA home page
- EPA general information
- American Indian Environmental Office
- American Indian Tribal Portal
- Clean Energy Website
- Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation Technologies