DOE program was titled “Inclusive Innovation – Catalyzing Our Future”

December 1, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) Board Member Michelle Holiday was a panel participant at today’s Department of Energy (DOE) Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE) annual forum. Holiday is an ambassador in the program, which seeks to create a substantive, sustainable model that connects diverse stakeholders together to address challenges and opportunities for minority engagement in energy economic participation, STEM education, and climate change. Other speakers today included Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of DOE, and the Honorable La Doris “Dot” Harris, who is the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at DOE. National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman also attended today’s event.

unnamed-3In addition, the National Center is one of five entities (and one of two non-profits) that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at DOE. The MOU is a partnership with an aggressive mission of increasing knowledge capacity in Indian Country about initiatives on economic energy development, the workforce, and STEM.

“The Department of Energy has made meaningful minority participation in the energy sector one of its top priorities, evidenced by its creation and support of the Minorities in Energy Initiative,” said Holiday. “Today’s forum shows that we have made significant progress, but there is still work to be done. I look forward to ensuring that Indian Country has a prominent seat at this table, and that Native Americans from coast-to-coast have opportunities in America’s energy future.”

In addition to ambassadors and other experts and entrepreneurs sharing their perspectives and experiences, session topics include:

  • Deploying Innovative Strategies and Building a More Diverse Energy Workforce
  • Mission Innovation—Building Pathways for a Diversified Ecosystem
  • Engaging Our Future STEM Professionals

The National Center has made energy one of its priority focus areas. Top officials from the Department of Energy are regular participants at the National Center’s Reservation Economic Summits (RES), including the recently concluded one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Representatives from the DOE spoke on topics such as procurement (including at DOE laboratories and facilities), green energy opportunities, and federal Indian energy policy.
The next RES, which will be the 31st annual national RES, will be at the Mirage in Las Vegas from March 13-16. Approximately 4,000 people will gather for the largest economic development gathering in Indian Country. For more information about RES Las Vegas, please click here.

About The National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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