Proceeding from UN strategy the next 10 years were declared as the period for small farmers development. Major goals are reducing poverty and improving global food security. Small family farming, besides of poverty and food control, can also be a key to reaching some global goals: gender equality, good health and well-being, sustainable community growth, […]
Solar energy has the potential to transform environmental, social and economic systems away from fossil fuels, and toward vibrant and vital indigenous communities. The effects of solar energy projects can include reductions in energy poverty, enabling energy independence in tribal communities, creation of jobs, economic and workforce development, while protecting and preserving Earth for future generations. However, existing efforts to deploy solar energy in Indian Country have largely focused on one-off, externally managed projects, built by third parties. These arrays provide electricity, but they often don’t bring much value to a tribe, or address the core energy and poverty issues facing Native communities. A paradigm shift is necessary — the revitalization of tribes towards self-determination, and away from divisive and reductive systems which have been detrimental to First Nation communities in the United States.
JOIN US for an enlightening discussion about the unique challenges and opportunities of solar deployment on American Indian reservations. Learn about a unique approach which combines an innovative funding model with nonprofit management and industry expertise — catalyzing solar energy’s potential to create a brighter future for tribal communities facing energy insecurity and high unemployment.
Otto Braided Hair, Jr. – Executive Director, Covenant Solar Initiative (Northern Cheyenne)
Cody Two Bears – Executive Director, Indigenized Energy (Standing Rock Sioux)
Michael Scott – Senior Campaign Manager, Sierra Club – Beyond Coal Campaign
Benjamin Materna – Vice President of Deployment, GivePower Foundation
- Film trailer for Greenpeace documentary about the Northern Cheyenne and the (now) Covenant Solar Initiative team who introduced solar to the Tribe
- Covenant Solar Initiative Website
- Moderator Bio - David Riley, PhD
- Panelist Bio - Otto Braided Hair
- Panelist Bio/article - Cody Two Bears
- Panelist Bio - Mike Scott
- Panelist Bio - Benjamin Materna