The U.S. Department of Energy will broadcast the final day of its upcoming Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders online.
The summit will take place May 4-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Tribal leaders will meet with senior policy advisers the first day and with Secretary Steven Chu on May 5.
“Tribal Nations are well-positioned to take advantage of the benefits of clean energy,” Chu said in a press release. “This summit will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the Department of Energy and Tribal Nations on a broad range of energy and environmental issues. Working together we can achieve important goals of President Obama’s National Energy Policy to the benefit of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes as well as our Nation as a whole.”
Chu has long promoted partnering with American Indians to support the development of clean energy projects on tribal lands to reduce energy use, limit carbon pollution and create new jobs for tribal communities, stated the release.
This Summit, with the theme “Winning Our Energy Future,” according to the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, will foster discussions about the opportunities and challenges related to tribal energy development.
Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders will attend the summit and discuss their wind project proposal in the works, reported LocalNews8.com. The tribes, which are replacing diesel fuel water pumps with solar powered irrigation systems for agricultural use, told the news station that they plan to ask Secretary Chu about how the tribe can help promote clean energy. “Reservations all across the country actually have the highest concentration, or one of the highest concentrations, of clean renewable energy resources,” said Travis Stone, energy development specialist for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.