Obama helps tribes to go green

Two native American tribes have been acclaimed as ‘energy champions’ by President Obama’s government. The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe from California, which has reduced energy consumption by 35% and the […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Two native American tribes have been acclaimed as ‘energy champions’ by President Obama’s government.

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe from California, which has reduced energy consumption by 35% and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, who want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4%, have been given the award as part of the US Government’s plans to help tribal communities become sustainable.

Apart from the awards, tribes who take part in sustainability projects will get federal grants, loans and technical assistance.

They will be shown how to conduct energy awareness and training programs and pursue new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “We will continue to work side-by-side with tribal leaders to support efforts to advance clean energy solutions and identify climate action adaptation and resiliency strategies.”

The announcement came at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, where leaders of 566 tribes were meeting President Obama.