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Two Iñupiat villages in northwestern Alaska will start work on a solar panel installation project next month that will help the region in its goal to rely 50 percent on renewable energy sources by 2050.

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Deb Haaland’s road to lead the Department of the Interior has been rocky, with some members of Congress using her confirmation process to air grievances with President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. 

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When three 775-foot-tall smoke stacks at the Navajo Generating Station came tumbling down in December, sending plumes of dust into the sky and thundering reverberations off the mesas of the Arizona high desert, it marked the end of an era. 

The federal government was instrumental in engineering the rise of the 2,250-megawatt coal plant 45 years ago, one of the country’s largest prior to its closure in 2019.

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As legal battles continue over Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, tribal leaders in Wisconsin say the company is ignoring a safer alternative that’s already in the ground — though the company disagrees. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventeen federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Native entities and tribal energy organizations will share in $1.55 million in grant funding from the federal government. 

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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.