Alliance For Tribal Clean Energy

Alliance For Tribal Clean Energy Indigenous-led 501c3 nonprofit supporting Native American tribes in a just transition to renewables.
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When it comes to solar panel placement, let's be mindful of our surroundings. Preserving historical/cultural sites and p...
04/15/2024

When it comes to solar panel placement, let's be mindful of our surroundings. Preserving historical/cultural sites and protecting our agricultural land are priorities.

Avoid flood-prone areas and rivers with changing water levels. Seek stable ground with strong foundations and ample sunshine year-round. For utility-scale solar farms, aim for large, flat land near transmission sites for easy grid connection. Smaller grids? Keep it simple – place them on or near the structures they power. Let's harness solar energy responsibly!

Shout out to  for representing the Alliance at the Indigenous Peoples and the Just Transition Conference in New York thi...
04/15/2024

Shout out to for representing the Alliance at the Indigenous Peoples and the Just Transition Conference in New York this weekend, held in conjunction with the the 23rd Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFlI
23). Monica had the honor of meeting Sonia Guajajara-First Minister of Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in Brazil. Her panel discussed models of shared prosperity in clean energy projects and what
“just transition” means to our organizations. Many thanks to Indigenous Peoples Rights International for including Monica and the Alliance in this important global gathering! 🪶 🌍 ☮️ 🌱 ☀️

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit offers a rare opportunity for tribal leaders and federal colleagues to unite and strengt...
04/13/2024

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit offers a rare opportunity for tribal leaders and federal colleagues to unite and strengthen our shared goal of advancing clean energy equity for
tribal communities.

Together, we forge partnerships, share our culture, and chart a path towards a more equitable and sustainable future for tribes and for all.


When it comes to wind turbine siting, preservation is key! Let's prioritize safeguarding historic and cultural resources...
04/11/2024

When it comes to wind turbine siting, preservation is key! Let's prioritize safeguarding historic and cultural resources, while steering clear of airports, tribal sites, and natural habitats. Stability is essential – place turbines on solid ground to minimize costly adaptations.

Optimal locations are near transmission points for easy grid connection, with consistent wind resources and no interference with bird or bat migration paths. And let's keep turbines off ridgelines to protect the beauty of our sacred vistas.


04/10/2024

THIS. ☀️

Honoring the wisdom and experiences of our tribal communities, the Tribal Energy Equity Summit emphasized the importance...
04/09/2024

Honoring the wisdom and experiences of our tribal communities, the Tribal Energy Equity Summit emphasized the importance of listening to Indigenous voices in the pursuit of clean energy equity.

Together, we celebrated the diverse perspectives of those who walk beside one another on this journey.


“Soqquat” is the way to say “Eclipse” in Mi’kmaw, our founder’s Algonquin ancestral language.  How do you say it in the ...
04/08/2024

“Soqquat” is the way to say “Eclipse” in Mi’kmaw, our founder’s Algonquin ancestral language. How do you say it in the language of your people? ☀️


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Some good advice.  🌙  Many Native American and other Indigenous cultures consider a solar eclipse as a spiritual event r...
04/06/2024

Some good advice. 🌙 Many Native American and other Indigenous cultures consider a solar eclipse as a spiritual event rather than just something fun to observe. Please be considerate. ☀️

☀️ Dive into Solar for All with us! ☀️ Come join us as we dive into the groundbreaking Solar for All program, one compon...
04/02/2024

☀️ Dive into Solar for All with us! ☀️ Come join us as we dive into the groundbreaking Solar for All program, one component of the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This webinar series will cover many of the aspects of particular interest to tribes as the $7 billion in federal funding for residential and community solar is rolled out.

Our first webinar will provide a general overview of the program, including ideas to ready your community by identifying and planning tribal residential and community solar projects. Get expert insights from Chrystel Cornelius (Oweesta Corporation), Pilar Thomas (Quarles), Talia Martin (GRID Alternatives), Jake Glavin (Tribal Energy Resources Association), and the members of the Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy.

Register today: https://ow.ly/8B3B50R6TUi

Sharing some candid photos from our second annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit! As we reflect on last week's conversation...
03/28/2024

Sharing some candid photos from our second annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit! As we reflect on last week's conversations and connections, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in what has been called a "movement" many times over.

From deep dives into tribal energy equity to bold visions of a future of self-determination for Tribes, this year's Tribal Energy Equity Summit has been nothing short of transformative. Stay tuned for more photos and updates.

Emerging Leaders   💫🪶🦅☀️
03/21/2024

Emerging Leaders 💫🪶🦅☀️

Honored to have our Hawaiian brothers from  here with us at   🫶🏽
03/21/2024

Honored to have our Hawaiian brothers from here with us at 🫶🏽

Sharing candid moments from the first two days of the Tribal Energy Equity Summit! This dynamic gathering is creating sp...
03/20/2024

Sharing candid moments from the first two days of the Tribal Energy Equity Summit! This dynamic gathering is creating space for envisioning a new era of self-determination for Tribes.

With two days to go, we look forward to continuing discussions and reflecting on the full impact of

TODAY’S THE DAY! We're here at Muscogee Nation's River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK for the start of  !  We’ve got ...
03/18/2024

TODAY’S THE DAY! We're here at Muscogee Nation's River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK for the start of ! We’ve got day packed full of pre-summit activities: Registration opens bright and early at 7:30 am, then, we’ll dive into two enriching workshops featuring our esteemed Preferred Service Providers:

- Planning the Capital Stack for Tribal Energy Projects
- Negotiating Power Purchase Agreements with Green
Energy Buyers

After lunch, attendees have the choice of heading into downtown Tulsa for The Real Black Wall Street Tour (check with registration to see if there are any spots left) or participating in an in-depth Tribal Utility Formation Workshop, followed by a presentation from the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

Tonight from 5:00 pm–6:30 pm all attendees with gather for an Opening Reception & Cultural Performances. What part of are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments!

We are honored to announce that Chase Iron Eyes (Oglala Sioux) Director and Lead Counsel at Lakota People’s Law Project ...
03/15/2024

We are honored to announce that Chase Iron Eyes (Oglala Sioux) Director and Lead Counsel at Lakota People’s Law Project will be joining us at , sharing his wisdom about equity, sovereignty and self-determination, and how they apply to the tribal quest for clean energy.

☀️ The 2nd Annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit is taking place March 18-22 at the Muscogee Nation River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK.

📝The Summit is open to tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers.

❓Eligible parties may email [email protected] for your unique registration code.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org for more info!

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of our philanthropic and corpora...
03/15/2024

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of our philanthropic and corporate partners. WELA’LIOQ to these organizations who are as dedicated to a tribal clean energy revolution as we are!

03/14/2024

We’re putting the finishing touches on the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit happening this month (March 18-21) at the Muscogee Creek Nation’s River Spirit Resort Casino in Tulsa, OK!
Last year we asked Leanna Hale, Land and Water Resources Director at the Fallon Paiute & Shoshone Tribe, what TEES means to her.

She emphasized that TEES creates the opportunity for “intentional communication that is respectful and open.” She went on to say that tribes need to be able to choose project locations that won’t destroy the land, and that will honor the cultural needs and practices of the tribe.

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org to register today.

03/13/2024

It’s not too late to register for the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit happening at the Muscogee Creek Nation’s River Spirit Resort Casino in Tulsa, OK, from March 18-21! Last year, panelist Pilar Thomas (Pasqua Yaqui), Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and former director at the U.S. Departments of Justice, Energy, and Indian Affairs, told us what Energy Equity means to her.
“Energy equity is about treating tribes as the governments that they are,” she said, emphasizing the need for conferences like TEES to help tribes identify good industry partners as we move forward in building a clean energy future in Indian Country.

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants.

Click here to register today! https://tribalenergyequitysummit.org/

03/13/2024

The 2nd Annual Tribal Equity Energy Summit (TEES) is only 5 DAYS AWAY! Last year, at the first ever TEES, a vital conversation was started between Tribal leaders, federal leaders, and other key stakeholders about a just transition to tribal energy sovereignty. This year, we’ll track the progress made in the last year, confront obstacles head-on, and work together to overcome them.

The Summit is open to Tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as Federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers. Eligible parties: email [email protected] for your unique registration code.

Click here for more information: https://tribalenergyequitysummit.org/

03/11/2024

It’s not too late to register for the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit happening at the Muscogee Creek Nation’s River Spirit Resort Casino in Tulsa, OK, from March 18-21! Last year, panelist Pilar Thomas (Pasqua Yaqui), Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and former director at the U.S. Departments of Justice, Energy, and Indian Affairs, told us what Energy Equity means to her.

“Energy equity is about treating tribes as the governments that they are,” she said, emphasizing the need for conferences like TEES to help tribes identify good industry partners as we move forward in building a clean energy future in Indian Country.

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants.

Visit https://tribalenergyequitysummit.org/ to register today!

03/10/2024

As we prepare for the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit taking place March 18-21 at the Muscogee Creek’s River Spirit in Tulsa, OK, we reflect on last year’s interview with the Honorable Suedeen Kelly, former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who shared her thoughts on what sets TEES apart from other conferences.

“The interesting thing about [the summit] is the two-sided nature of the discussions here.” She highlighted the opportunities for tribal partners to learn how best to work with tribes, as well as the opportunities for tribes to leverage their sovereignty and their land in order to ensure an equitable transition to tribal clean energy.

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants. Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org to register today.

03/09/2024

Are you attending the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit happening at the Muscogee Creek Nation’s River Spirit Resort Casino in Tulsa, OK from March 18-21?! Last year we asked Wendy Tawater, the former Grants Director for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, to share thoughts on the barriers tribes are faced with when applying for government funds.

“Tribes are well educated,” she said, in terms of the tribal history and deep knowledge of sustainable practices for land stewardship. However, she added that when “you have to put [your application] in a specific structure, in a specific way, with specific language” in order to apply for and be granted government funds for clean energy projects, that can be a barrier for tribes. She called for a strong collaboration between the federal government and tribal leadership in order to ensure a just transition into our clean energy future.

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants. Visit https://tribalenergyequitysummit.org/ for more information.

03/09/2024

Continuing the momentum generated by the historic 2023 Tribal Energy Equity Summit, where leaders from Tribal and Federal governments, along with supporting organizations, convened for four days of meaningful dialogue, we are excited to announce our upcoming event. Once again, we will delve into addressing regulatory barriers impeding tribal clean energy development and other crucial aspects essential for a fair transition. This transformative gathering will be held from March 18 to 21 at the Muscogee Nation's River Spirit Resort Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Summit is open to tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers. Eligible parties: email [email protected] for your unique registration code.

03/09/2024

As we prepare for the 2024 Tribal Energy Equity Summit taking place March 18-21 at the Muscogee Creek’s River Spirit in Tulsa, OK, we reflect on last year’s interview with Wizipan Garriot (Rosebud Sioux), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, where he responded to the critical moment we
are faced with.

Thanks to funding like the Inflation Reduction Act, we have an unprecedented opportunity for investment in Indian Country. “We have this moment,” he told our interviewer, “and we don’t want to miss out.”

Last year at the inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both Tribal and Federal government, along with tribe-supporting organizations, met for four days of meaningful and effective dialogue about clean energy siting, interconnection, and other critical considerations affecting a just transition. Momentous agreements were made and impactful collaborations were launched.

This year we will continue those conversations, and work together to hold our government accountable for equitable energy policy and for providing timely and important information and resources to support tribes in our self-determined pursuit of a clean energy future.

TEES is open to leaders from federally and state-recognized tribes at no cost, and to their supporting organizations at a fee. Travel stipends are available for qualifying tribal participants.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org to register today - it's not too late!

✨ We are excited to announce Dr. Lyla June, Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), poet, musician, scholar, and comm...
03/07/2024

✨ We are excited to announce Dr. Lyla June, Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), poet, musician, scholar, and community organizer will be sharing her special wisdom during summit proceedings, and will treat us all to a special musical performance at on March 19th! 🎶

☀️ The Tribal Energy Equity Summit is taking place March 18-21 at Muscogee River Spirit. The Summit is open to tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers.

❓Eligible parties - email [email protected] for your unique registration code.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org for more info!

Another esteemed federal colleague speaking at  !  Anthony “Morgan” Rodman, Executive Director of the White House Counci...
03/07/2024

Another esteemed federal colleague speaking at ! Anthony “Morgan” Rodman, Executive Director of the White House Council on Native American Affairs will speak about the impacts of Executive Order 14112: Reforming Federal Funding and Support for Tribal Nations to Better Embrace Our Trust Responsibilities and Promote the Next Era of Tribal Self-Determination.

☀️ The Tribal Energy Equity Summit is taking place March 18-21 at Muscogee River Spirit in Tulsa, OK.

📝The Summit is open to tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers.

❓Eligible parties - email [email protected] for your unique registration code.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org for more info!

We are honored that our esteemed colleague, Onna Lebeau (Omaha tribe of Nebraska), Director, U.S. Department of the Inte...
03/06/2024

We are honored that our esteemed colleague, Onna Lebeau (Omaha tribe of Nebraska), Director, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Economic Development will be joining us at . Onna will discuss the improvements agencies on improvements since EO 14112

☀️ The Tribal Energy Equity Summit is taking place March 18-21 at Muscogee River Spirit.

📝The Summit is open to tribal leaders across Turtle Island (at no cost), as well as federal and state government officials, partner NGOs, and Alliance Preferred Energy Service/Development Providers.

❓Eligible parties can email [email protected] for your unique invitation/registration code.

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org for more info!

⏱ The countdown to the 2nd Annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit has begun! Just a couple of weeks left until we gather for...
03/05/2024

⏱ The countdown to the 2nd Annual Tribal Energy Equity Summit has begun! Just a couple of weeks left until we gather for this transformative event. 💫

Explore our comprehensive agenda online now! ⚡
Get a sneak peek at the highly collaborative facilitated sessions and inspiring subject matter experts lined up to inspire us all to insist on a just transition to clean energy. 🔆

Download the agenda today via the Summit website at www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org.

It’s not too late to register! Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of shaping the future of clean energy equity.
See you at the Summit! 🌱

MARCH 18-21, 2024 Muscogee Nation |River Spirit Resorttulsa, OKlahoma REGISTRATION DETAILS ENERGY SOVEREIGNTY INTERCONNECTION JUST TRANSITION EQUITABLE JUST TRANSMISSION TOGETHER Highlights from 2023 https://vimeo.com/848411179?share=copy The inaugural Tribal Energy Equity Summit, leaders from both....

  provides a culturally supportive and respectful forum for tribal leaders to engage with key decision-makers from the F...
03/04/2024

provides a culturally supportive and respectful forum for tribal leaders to engage with key decision-makers from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as a small group of vetted and prequalified energy development and service providers who are part of the Alliance Preferred Provider network. ✨

Tribal voices must guide these conversations. 🏹
To ensure that all tribal leaders have an opportunity to participate in the Tribal Energy Equity Summit, the Alliance is pleased to offer free registration for up to two tribal leaders from each tribe and travel stipends are available for tribes facing financial constraints.

For more information or to request your unique registration code, please email: [email protected]

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit is just two weeks away, but there’s still time left to register 🔆✨ Update ✨ the discount...
03/04/2024

The Tribal Energy Equity Summit is just two weeks away, but there’s still time left to register 🔆

✨ Update ✨ the discounted room block rate for has been extended to March 15th

Visit www.tribalenergyequitysummit.org for summit registration and hotel reservation links. Attendees may also call the River Spirit reservations line at 888-748-3731 and request the 'Tribal Energy Equity Summit' room block for the discounted rate through midnight March 15th. ⚡

We look forward to seeing you on Muscogee Creek homelands for a transformational event! 🌾

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