Live Streaming of Tribal Energy Summit Sessions


NCSL NewsMeeting Focuses on Energy, Climate Challenges on Tribal Lands 

Washington, D.C.—The National Tribal Energy Summit will be held in Washington, D.C., this week, Sept. 23-25, 2015, and many of the sessions will be streamed live. The Summit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).

The Summit at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill will bring together tribal and state governments, federal agencies, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities and academia. The Summit will explore energy development and security issues, identify common goals, share best practices around increased energy innovation and technology deployment on tribal lands, and examine challenges related to energy self-sufficiency and climate preparedness. Viewers can watch each streamed session for free by going here.

The selected sessions are as follows. All times are Eastern:

Tribal Energy Summit: Focusing on Key Energy Priorities| Thursday, Sept. 24 | 9-9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Chris Deschene, director, DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

Tribal Leaders/Intertribal Professional Panel| Thursday, Sept. 24 | 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Tribal energy professionals will discuss past, present, and future intertribal organization roles, including tribal leaders from the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group.


  •  Chris Deschene, director, DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

Arctic Opportunities for Indian Country | Thursday, Sept. 24 | 10:45-Noon

The Arctic is at the forefront of international innovation in climate assessment and response to vulnerabilities, effective response to rising energy costs for electricity, heating and transportation, energy efficient housing and infrastructure. Learn from Alaska and federal officials about how the Arctic can help Indian Country tackle these critical issues.


  • Mark Davis, senior adviser, Office of the Deputy Secretary DOE


  • Craig Fleener, Arctic policy adviser, state of Alaska
  • Givey Kochanowsi, Alaska program manager, DOE Office of Indian Energy
  • Jackie Schaeffer, sustainability specialist, NANA regional Corporation


Plenary Luncheon: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell | Thursday, Sept. 24 | Noon-1:15 p.m.

Plenary session with cabinet members from the Energy Subgroup of the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) where a focus question will be increasing access to capital for the tribal energy sector of the economy.

Tribal Leader Moderator

  • Chris Deschene, director, DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs


  • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
  • U.S. Secretaryof the Interior Sally Jewell


Track Summaries | Friday, Sept. 25 | 10:45-Noon

Four representatives from each conference track will summarize the key findings and recommendations to the secretary for the coming year. The closing plenary then will highlight successes of recent years in meeting DOE’s commitments to a strong energy future for Indian Country

  • Conference Track 1: Energy Policy: Strategic Initiatives, Energy Policy Issues, Emerging Opportunities
  • Conference Track 2: Science and Technology: Infrastructure, Research Priorities, Technology to Market
  • Conference Track 3: Economy/Regulation: Community Development, Project Development, access to Capital
  • Conference Track 4: Jobs and Workforce Opportunity in Energy

Here is a complete agenda for the National Tribal Energy Summit. 

All meetings held in conjunction with the National Tribal Energy Summit are open to the press. More information can be obtained by emailing Early registration for credentialed members of the media is encouraged. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

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