Tribes Press Obama on Renewable Energy

Claiming that they will bear a disproportionate burden due to global warming, a coalition of American Indian tribes is requesting the Obama administration to support tribally owned or operated renewable-energy projects.

The group represents around 250 tribes and their affiliates, and also hopes the new administration will direct a bevy of green jobs to the native nations, according to Indian Country Today.

At present, companies working with renewable energy technologies shy away from joint ventures with tribes because they lose tax credit privileges.

Tribal representatives highlighted the energy potential of their lands, saying wind and solar projects could produce billions of kilowatts per year.

They also said investments in renewable energy would yield more jobs per dollar than ongoing investments in fossil fuels.

One energy expert said the renewable energy business model is more stable than one based on casinos, where geographically remote reservations suffer from fewer customers.

“It doesn’t matter how many people want to use the electricity you’re able to produce from a wind turbine in a rural area, you can serve thousands and thousands and thousands of customers from across a whole region,” he told the newspaper.

–Julia Hengst/


“Groups press for tribe-friendly renewable energy policies”
Indian Country Today, January 2, 2009

3 thoughts on “Tribes Press Obama on Renewable Energy

  1. Sounds alarming, but not totally true.

    CIRI is an alaska native corp. so are the ones below.
    Cook Inlet Regional Incorporated and enXco formed Wind Energy Alaska,
    which is working on wind projects in the state, including at Fire
    Island and on the Kenai, said Steve Gilbert, manager of Alaska
    projects for enXco.
    Bering Straits Native Corp., which is the Alaska Native regional
    corporation for the Nome area, along with area village corporation
    Sitnasuak Native Corp. jointly own Banner Wind’s turbines, which have
    the potential to generate up to 1.2 megawatts of power.

  2. sounds incredible, what a win win project.
    power to the native people who know what is best for the land