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Dec. 14, 2021

Watch Program Review Highlights, Register for National Climate Assessment Engagement Workshops, Apply for Communities LEAP and Student Internships


DOE Office of Indian Energy Seeks College Student Interns

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support and coordination from Sandia National Laboratories, is now accepting applications for the College Student Internship Program. In addition to hiring four summer interns, DOE will hire one year-round intern for Summer 2022 through Spring 2023.

Current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues are encouraged to apply. Interns will work with Sandia National Laboratories’ renewable energy staff, along with Native American tribes interested in tribal energy development. The internship program offers the opportunity for instant immersion in project planning and development activities working directly with experienced internationally recognized energy experts. The work may involve local travel, including field visits to tribal energy project sites.

Visit the Office of Indian Energy College Student Internship Program web page to learn more about these exciting opportunities. Interested applicants can review the requirements and applications process web page before applying directly through the Sandia Careers tool.

Watch Recordings and View Presentations from the Annual Program Review

Program review 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy’s annual Program Review was held virtually November 15–18, 2021. This year’s Program Review provided an opportunity for Native American and Alaska Native tribes and tribal entities to share their successes and best practices.

View the recorded Program Review webinars and presentations on the 2021 Program Review web page.

Indian Energy Champion Sara Drescher Approaches Her Role at FCPC with Gratitude and Optimism

In our latest Energy Champion blog, we interview Sara Drescher, Environmental and Energy Senior Attorney with the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC). Read about her role in advancing FCPC’s energy vision and the advice she would give to other tribes seeking increased community energy resilience in our latest blog.


January 11: National Climate Assessment: Human Social Systems Engagement Workshop

To inform development of the fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the author teams will host a series of virtual public engagement workshops in January and February 2022.

Each NCA5 Engagement Workshop will focus on a different chapter of the National Climate Assessment, giving members of the public and assessment authors an opportunity to discuss proposed key topics, identify priority issues relevant to the chapter, and share resources.

The series will kick off on January 11 with a workshop focused on human social systems.

Register now for the January 11 workshop.
View other workshops in the NCA5 series.

February 22–24: Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference

Join representatives from tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry for the Fourth Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference, February 22–24, 2022.The event will focus on the newly changing landscape for tribal energy development and sustainability, including best practices; federal leadership, policy, and regulatory changes; funding a project; and project planning/development trends. The conference will give tribes an opportunity to explore the range of renewable energy and sustainability opportunities that exist and ways to start the process.

Keynote speakers include Office of Indian Energy Director Wahleah Johns, Deployment Supervisor Lizana Pierce, and Deployment Specialist Tommy Jones.

Register now.


Communities LEAP—Apply by December 17

DOE’s Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP) pilot initiative partners with communities across the nation to build community-driven action plans for clean-energy-related economic development.

Through Communities LEAP, DOE will provide services from the top experts in clean energy and economic development to support 24 to 36 competitively selected communities in developing action plans for clean energy transitions. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either environmental justice impacts or direct economic impacts resulting from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels.

Learn more and apply.

New Markets Tax Credit Benefits—Apply by January 13

Offered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program incentivizes community development and economic growth through tax credits that attract private investment to reinvigorate struggling local economies.

The NMTC Program draws private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities.

Learn more and apply.

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