Nebraska tribes celebrate Indigenous People’s Day at Capitol

By Leigh Waldman and Gina Dvorak, WOWT

Leaders of Nebraska’s four Native American tribes dedicated their flags Monday in a ceremony at the state Capitol celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. According to details from the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, the flags will be displayed in the Warner Legislative Chamber at the Capitol. During Monday’s ceremony, leaders from Nebraska’s Omaha, Ponca, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago tribes spoke about the significance of the state’s recognition. Read more here.

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EXAMPLES OF TRIBAL ENERGY PROGRAMS & RESOURCES ALSO INCLUDE:

Oceti Sakowin Power Authority

A just energy transition in action: Developing 1G of wind power with tribes, contributed by Shaandiin Cedar, GreenBiz

[Six] tribes make up the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority (OSPA) — the Cheyenne River, Flandreau Santee, Oglala, Rosebud, Standing Rock and Yankton tribes — unified in a mission to develop inter-tribal renewable energy resources and bolster tribal sovereignty, self-determination and energy independence. After years of searching for the right partner, OSPA selected Apex to develop their wind resources. Shaandiin Cedar is a writer, business consultant and environmental justice advocate focused on the opportunities to build a clean, equitable economy.

Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association

The Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association (MTERA) is a non-profit intertribal organization comprised of Midwest Tribes. “We are planning and pursuing innovative Tribal energy projects that respect the sovereignty and unique culture of individual Member Tribes, while leveraging the collective strength and resources of all Midwest Tribes.” Scroll down to see Member Tribes.

The Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
is authorized to fund and implement a variety of programmatic activities that assist American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy development, capacity building, energy cost reduction, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.To advance its mission, the Office of Indian Energy works with American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives to maximize the value of their energy resources through:

Facilitation of energy development
Education and training
Technical assistance
Funding

The Office of Indian Energy also leverages public-private partnerships, inter- and intra-governmental coordination, and government-to-government partnerships to maximize the return on investments in the future of Native American communities. 

Office of Indian Energy Overview Brochure