Tribes Are Going Solar!

Native Village Integrates Solar and Storage to Cut Costs, Displace Diesel

Solar panel installation in Hughes, Alaska.
Local crew with Hughes’ solar PV system. Photo from Tanana Chiefs Conference.

With help from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy grant funding, the Native Village of Hughes installed a 120-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will cut diesel use and costs while advancing the Village’s renewable energy goal of 50% by 2025. Once the system is integrated with the local power system, Hughes will be able to bring rural Alaska’s largest solar project online.

Read more on their blog.

More Funding Opportunities

DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development

On Dec. 12, 2018, the Office of Indian Energy announced a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands – 2019” in early 2019.

Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, which, for the purposes of the FOA, include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, to:

  • Install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on tribal lands; or
  • Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience.

DOE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. Under the planned FOA and as required by statute, a 50% recipient cost share of the total project costs is required and must come from non-federal sources, unless otherwise allowed by law.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. This planned funding will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience. See the Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of previous competitively funded projects.

Download the Notice of Intent (DE-FOA-0002031).

2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality: Registration open!


2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

May 6-9, 2019

Temecula, California

Hosted by: The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians

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The National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ) provides an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, technical, and outreach topics in air quality. The NTFAQ is coordinated by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) through funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Online registration is now open for the 2019 NTFAQ! To show appreciation to professionals in the field, the hosts and committee are pleased to offer a specially reduced rate of $25/person this year. Thank you for your interest in attending the 20th annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, we truly hope to see you there! Click HERE to register.


ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to cover eligible travel expenses for tribal employees. Scholarships will be reimbursed after the Forum. Requests for scholarships should be made during the online registration process. The deadline to request scholarships for priority consideration is March 15, 2019. For more information on scholarships, see the NTFAQ website.

Pre-Conference Sessions:

Several exciting workshop sessions and are being planned for Monday, May 6. Pre-registration is required; tribal travel scholarships may be available. Details and registration forms will be available soon on the NTFAQ Website.

Presentations, Training Sessions, Posters and Exhibits:

We want to hear from YOU at this conference! If you’re interested in presenting a poster or giving a training session or presentation, please let us know! The more we can do to highlight the good work of the tribes, the more we’ll learn from one another. Presentation abstracts are accepted through March 15, 2019; requests for displaying a poster or information table during the Eco-Café Session will be accepted through April 19, 2019. All request forms can be found on the NTFAQ website.

Exhibitor, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities:

Is your organization or company interested in becoming a sponsor for the NTFAQ? Help enhance the conference and make your mark by signing on to be a top-level sponsor. This is the surest way to get your organization or company to stand out above the rest! Details and options are available on the NTFAQ website.


The agenda for this dynamic conference is still being developed, but you can expect to find the following topics and sessions:

>> Air quality and health impacts

>> Climate Change and Tribes

>> Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

>> Networking and information-sharing sessions

>> NTAA Annual Membership Meeting

>> Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award Ceremony

>> And much more!!!


Details on the conference hotel, air travel, shuttle, and other details can be found on the NTFAQ Website.

Check our website for more information and updates!

NW CASC Funding opportunity

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) invites Statements of Interest (SOI) for projects to be initiated in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The NW CASC funding opportunity process includes two phases: submission and review of SOI followed by submission and review of invited Full Proposals.

Due to the recent federal government shutdown and recently implemented U.S. Department of the Interior award procedures, the timeline for this year’s SOI and proposal development and review process is compressed (see attached document for details). Although the primary purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to solicit proposals to be initiated with FY 2019 funds, applicants are also encouraged to submit SOI that could be developed for future fiscal years (e.g., FY 2020), as well as ideas that the NW CASC may be able to assist with via other resources and mechanisms (e.g., leveraging, networking, consultation, etc.). The NW CASC is committed to being inclusive and transparent while working to broaden the community of practice around climate adaptation in the Northwest.

See this document for more details.

Please distribute to your science centers, academic departments, and professional networks.

Chas Jones

Tribal Liaison with the

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians &

NW Climate Adaptation Science Center


(541)750-1023 (office)

2019 Tribal Climate Camp: Accepting Applications


Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Tribal Climate Camp. Please submit an inquiry form by March 1, 2019 online at

Date: June 16-21, 2019

Location: Flathead Lake Biological Station, Polson MT

Host Tribe: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes


The only expense required of the attending delegates is their transportation to and from the camp; all other expenses including food, lodging, local transportation, curriculum, etc. will be provided by ATNI.

For more information or questions please contact:

Don Sampson, Don, 541-215-2753

Peggy Harris, Peggy, 541-215-2919

TCC is organized through a collaboration of Tribal and Non-tribal partners. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Institute for Tribal Government (ITG) United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), and the Department of the Interior’s (USDI) Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are collaborating to offer The Tribal Climate Camp (TTCC) to support teams of tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts.

Please see the attached document for more info.

ITEP Tribal Internship Program

Please forward to students that could benefit from this program.

Students are invited to apply for the ITEP Summer Internship Program.

Spend eight weeks this summer working with tribal communities nationwide to address environmental issues. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has 9 internship positions in air quality. Students will be provided with a stipend and limited travel and housing allowances.

For more information on the internship, eligibility criteria, and applying please view the attached flyer and visit

The deadline to apply is February 25, 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Mansel A Nelson, Project Director
Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
Northern Arizona University (NAU)
Peterson Hall, Bldg 22, Room 208
mobile 928-221-1222
office 928-523-1275