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"The renewable energy generation potential of America’s tribal lands is profound. Many American Indian tribes in the West and Midwest in particular occupy land with some of the nation’s best solar and wind resources.

According to a 2018 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), tribal lands have the potential to generate 6,035 GW of utility scale solar power, or 5% of the nation’s total capacity. Tribal lands also have the potential to generate 891 GW of wind power, which represents 8.8% of the nation’s total wind generation capacity."

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Matt Chester on Nov 5, 2021

There's definitely something symbolic when looking at the tradition of these tribes being more plugged into the land and fostering cooperation with, rather than domination of, natural resources. 

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Mark Silverstone on Nov 8, 2021

«…how sovereign can a government and group of people be if they have no control over their own energy infrastructure?»

This is a question we all might ask ourselves. Renewables make it possible.

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Jim Stack on Nov 8, 2021

Ryan,    This is a great point. Maybe tribes have built big Casinos but I don't see a lot of Solar or Wind or even electric car chargers. They also have a lot of gas stations that don't have to pay tax since they are on trbal land.  I hope they see the light and start adding Renewable Energy more and more. Their culture honors the Earth and Sky but so far I don't see a lot of projects and I'm in Sunny Arizona. 

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