Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 3

Interior Secretary Salazar Announces Web-Based Clearinghouse to Simplify Energy Permitting on Tribal Lands
Source: Interior Dept.
Condensed by Native Village

WASHINGTON, DC – A new website has been launched with information that supports American Indian and Alaska Native traditional and renewable energy resource development. The website is run by The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development along with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

“The Tribal Environmental and Energy Information Clearinghouse initiative is an excellent example of how we can support the goal of increasing traditional and renewable energy development on tribal lands, thereby enhancing economic development opportunities for Indian tribes, while ensuring that such activities are conducted in an environmentally sound manner,” said Ken Salazar. Secretary of the Interior. 

The website will feature:

Environmental best practices,

How-to’s on conducting environmental assessments to aid in decision-making,

Links to applicable federal and state laws and agency contacts related to energy development,

 Information on the impacts of different types of traditional and renewable energy development and infrastructure projects.

The database has been developed using existing information. New information will be added as impact assessments are completed.

“As concerned stewards of their natural resources, tribes will be able to use the clearinghouse as a convenient, authoritative resource for information, both to use in the protection of their environmental and cultural values and to maximize their economic development opportunities,” Salazar said.

The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development was created in 2005 to encourage economic development in Indian Country. The IEED’s mission is to strengthen Indian communities by creating jobs, Indian-owned businesses, a trained workforce, developing Indian energy and mineral resources, and increasing access to capital.

The Tribal Environmental and Energy Information Clearinghouse:

Source: Interior Dept.


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