In September, the National Center worked with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Conference of State Legislatures to host a National Tribal Energy Summit. The summit brought together cabinet-level officials, including DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, as well as state governments, private industry, utilities, and representatives from academia to explore energy development and security issues identified by both tribes and the DOE.

Here’s what was said about the conference:

Secretary Moniz: Despite the ample resource potential that exists on tribal lands, energy security is a significant concern in many Native American communities. The National Tribal Energy Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and cultivate a sustainable energy future.

NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis: The National Tribal Energy Summit highlights the significant potential to responsibly develop Indian Country’s vast natural resources and transform our future to create a path to economic sovereignty. By bringing together tribal leaders, elected officials, agencies, and other vital stakeholders from the energy sector, we can come closer to meeting the economic goals we all share. It has been great to work alongside the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Department of Energy to put on a very successful and meaningful event.

We will continue to talk about how tribes and Indian Country as a whole can take advantage of the energy boom occurring in the U.S. at RES and other NCAIED events in the future. You can read more about the conference in this Bloomberg BNA story.