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The Yurok Tribe will have a seat at the table when decisions are being made about renewable energy projects in northern California.  

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced plans for a $50 million funding opportunity targeting clean energy deployment on tribal lands.

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After decades of leasing the Steamboat Butte Field to a private company, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes have taken a “big step” toward sovereignty by reclaiming the oil field in Fremont County, Wyoming. 

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizona Lithium Limited and Navajo Transitional Energy Company have formed a strategic alliance to support a lithium-extraction project in Arizona.

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SEATTLE, Wash. — Building Tribal Leadership in Carbon Removal has launched an intertribal working group to assess the emergence of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas removal strategies in the face of climate change. 

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A Native-owned energy company will leverage $31 million in state funding to create a long-duration energy storage system for a southern California tribe.

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WASHINGTON — Tribal energy projects will receive a $35 million boost from two new U.S. Department of Energy funding opportunities.

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Indigenous Energy Initiative founder and CEO Cheri Smith has had a banner year since rebranding and relaunching the group in November 2021. 

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MILWAUKEE—With the passage of a “once-in-a-generation” infrastructure law last fall, funding opportunities for tribal energy projects have increased to unprecedented levels. That’s according to industry experts who spoke at an Indigenous business conference in Milwaukee this week.

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Elizabeth Perez received two awards in September: one from the National Minority Supplier Development Council honoring her general contracting and consulting firm, San Diego-based GC Green Inc., and another from her tribe in recognition for her work in fighting climate change. 

While Perez said she was honored to be named the Minority Veteran Owned Firm of the Year through the NMSDC, her tribe’s recognition had special meaning for to her.