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The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in northern Minnesota has a vision to eventually incorporate solar and microgrids as part of a tribal-run utility.
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In the shadow of an Xcel Energy nuclear power plant, the Minnesota reservation plans to make a big investment in solar, a microgrid, and energy efficiency.
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FT. YATES, N.D. — The tribe that gained attention for leading the fight to block the Dakota Access Pipeline is taking the reins of its clean energy future with the creation of a public power authority to develop a 235-megawatt wind farm. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An electric utility company has partnered with a pair of American Indian tribes in Oklahoma to build solar energy installations on each reservation. 

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The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, which aims to spur growth in solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the country, has provided grants to 12 tribes for new clean energy projects. 

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking grant proposals to identify, evaluate and assess the market for tribal energy or mineral development projects. 

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UNALASKA, Alaska — A company formed by Alaska Native-owned Ounalashka Corporation and Fairbanks-based Chena Power LLC has signed a 30-year power purchase agreement with the City of Unalaska for a new geothermal energy project.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is seeking grant proposals from federally recognized tribes and Alaska Natives to build capacity for energy resource regulation and management. 

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday to revoke a key construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, halting construction of the controversial project.  

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ONTARIO, Canada — After years of debate, Ontario Power Generation has dropped a plan to store nuclear waste underground near Lake Huron.