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Indian Energy News, Events, and Funding February 25, 2016


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

News, Upcoming Events, and Funding Opportunity for Tribes

Feb. 25, 2016

News & Upcoming Events

Reminder: Applications for DOE 2016 Student Internship Program due March 4

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Established more than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) College Student Internship Program has given more than 30 Native American college students real-world, hands-on experience with tribal renewable energy projects and direct exposure to the issues involved in deploying renewable energy technologies on tribal lands. The Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for this summer's 12-week internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Native American graduate students are eligible to apply. Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2016. For additional details and information on how to apply, visit the Office of Indian Energy's Internship Web page or contact Sandra Begay-Campbell with Sandia National Laboratories at skbegay@sandia.gov.

Watch a video featuring former interns' stories about how the internship experience positively affected their lives, helped guide and influence their career paths, and enabled them to fulfill their desire to make a positive impact in Indian Country.

Don't Miss DOE's Energy Track at RES Las Vegas March 22–23

The Office of Indian Energy is hosting an Energy Track March 22–24 at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas. The track will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including workforce development, energy technology, and capacity building, to help tribal energy leaders and professionals make informed decisions about energy projects. Learn more and download the Energy Track agenda.

Be sure to visit the Office of Indian Energy at booth 137 to meet our program managers as well as technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Next Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Scheduled for March 30

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The Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to present a webinar on “Transmission and Grid Basics for Tribal Economic and Energy Development” on Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge on transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and grid fundamentals.

There is no charge to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register now.

Funding Opportunity

Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network; Informational Webinar on March 1

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Up to $7 million is available from the Office of Indian Energy to establish an inter-tribal technical assistance energy providers' network to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities regionally. Under this initial pilot, the Office of Indian Energy is seeking applications from Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations interested in establishing internal energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages.

DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support.

Applications are due April 14, 2016.

Learn more and apply.

Informational Webinar: March 1

The Office of Indian Energy is hosting an informational webinar about the funding opportunity and the application process on March 1, 2016, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. Register now.

News from Other Agencies

Tribal Conservations Projects to Receive USDA Funding

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On Feb. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and partners across the nation announced up to $720 million in funding for 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. These projects make up the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program created by the 2014 Farm Bill. Selected 2016 tribal projects include an “Innovative Tribal Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Management” project led by the Intertribal Agriculture Council and a “Yurok Traditional Landscape Management Plan” led by the Yurok Tribe. Read the USDA press release and see the list of 2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program projects.

HUD Announces Community Development and Affordable Housing Grant Allocations for Tribes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced funding to support community development and affordable housing efforts in Native American communities. On Feb. 12, 2016, HUD announced $55.5 million to 75 Native American communities throughout the country to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development, including construction projects and local jobs for low- and moderate-income families. The grants are provided through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, which supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities. Read more in the Feb. 12 press release and see the list of ICDBG awards.

On Feb. 16, 2016, HUD announced more than $660 million in Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocations to 587 Native American tribes in 35 states. IHBG allocations are distributed each year to eligible Indian Tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities. For more information and a list of allocations, read the Feb. 16 press release.


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