Upcoming News, Events, and Funding Opportunities Around Indian Country

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Oct. 20, 2021

Upcoming News, Events, and Funding Opportunities Around Indian Country


October 25: Get Pumped! Using Heat Pumps to Meet State and Local Climate Goals

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this webinar will provide an overview of heat pump technology, ENERGY STAR equipment specifications, and available technical resources to support the purchase and installation of energy-efficient heat pumps. State and local officials in New York will also speak about how they are helping homeowners and businesses install highly efficient heat pumps to save energy and reduce emissions.

Register now.

October 27: Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Energy Projects and Workforce Development: A Win-Win Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar on the benefits of developing energy projects while creating local jobs. Energy projects are often labor-intensive during construction—and once they are complete, local capability is needed to operate and maintain those energy systems. This webinar will explore this win-win opportunity.

Register now.

November 15–18: 2021 Office of Indian Energy Program Review

Program review 2021

DOE’s Office of Indian Energy is hosting its second-ever virtual Program Review November 15–18, 2021. Like in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven this year’s event to be held virtually using a webinar format, so attendees and presenters can remain safe and join remotely.

The annual event aims to bring together Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities to celebrate tribal energy successes and share information through a number of focused presentations.

The event will take place over four days with multiple sessions and presentations offered each day. Interested attendees will need to register for each session they would like to join.

For additional information, including registration links, a draft agenda, and presentations, visit the 2021 Program Review web page.


President Biden Names October 11th Indigenous Peoples’ Day

President Biden honors America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today by proclaiming October 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Read more about this historic proclamation in The White House statement.

Tribal Microgrids Support Tenuous Lifelines During Grid Shutdowns

Blue Lake Rancheria

Decades before the wildfires of 2020 darkened Northern California’s skies, Blue Lake Rancheria’s (BLR’s) elders and tribal leaders saw smoke in the distance. Rather than turn a blind eye to the region’s tinderbox conditions and increasing climate-related risks, the Tribe forged a comprehensive plan to bolster their community’s resilience.  

Learn more about BLR’s Climate Action Plan, targeted sustainability and self-sufficiency through renewable energy and microgrid technology in our latest blog.

Funding Opportunities

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant Program—Apply by October 25

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages provides federally recognized Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations funding for development projects that support the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate incomes.

Learn more and apply.

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants—Apply by November 3

The WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states, and others with water or power delivery authority. This funding opportunity invites eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently.

Learn more and apply.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW | Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.

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