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The Department of Transportation (DOT) posted a notice-of-funding-opportunity on Feb. 20 for federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations to participate in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program. 

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The Department of the Interior said it will invest $10 million to modernize Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-owned irrigation projects and power utilities that serve tribal communities. 

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A federal judge in Seattle has ordered the removal of a segment of Washington’s Electron Dam from the Puyallup River, marking a win for environmental preservation and the protection of endangered species.  The ruling signifies a step toward restoring natural water flow along the river for the first time in nearly a century, environmental and legal advocates say.

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The Department of Agriculture Forest Service will distribute $20 million in grant funding to help tribes access private markets for forest resilience and climate mitigation that have emerged in the wake of climate change. 

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Northern California’s Yurok Tribe drew more than 250 people to its first Tribal Offshore Wind Summit last week with an overarching goal - to help tribes to get a better understanding of a burgeoning sector in clean energy development that could impact traditional sources of food, culture, and income for Native communities. 

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A Canadian band government has launched development of a 100 megawatt solar facility that, when completed, will stand as one of the top 10 renewable energy sources in Canada. 

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Once seen as “gamechangers” for tribal forays into a growing clean energy sector, tax credits have instead proven to be a minefield of questions around policy implementation and tax exemptions. 

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After two years of steady growth, the United States Department of Agriculture significantly increased its efforts around tribal forest co-stewardship over the past year.  

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USA DeBusk LLC (USAD), a Texas-based provider of industrial services to the energy and infrastructure sectors, said last week that it acquired Native-owned nitrogen services provider Nitro-Lift. 

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Clean-energy nonprofit GRID Alternatives said this week it received a $25 million grant that will help fund its accelerator program to increase renewable energy projects in Native communities.