NETWG Fourth Quarter Meeting-Polson, MT


Wednesday, Oct. 4

The Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) held their fourth quarterly meeting at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson, Mont. from Oct. 4-6, 2017. NETWG members engaged in STEM conversations while touring S&K Electronics and the Salish and Kootenai College. The group also visited the Se̓liš Ksanka Qĺispe̓ Hydroelectric Project, owned by The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. The project encompasses a three-unit hydroelectric plant with the capacity to generate 194 megawatts of electricity. The annual generation of the plant averages 1,100,000 mega watt-hours of electricity or enough to supply 100,000 to 110,000 homes annually. 

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Thursday, Oct. 5 

Tribal Executive Session

OE Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Program Update 
  •  Jay Jones, physical scientist, U.S. DOE Office of Nuclear Energy
    • DOE-NE Budget and Staffing Updates 
    • NE priorities 

Cultural Resources

  • Michael Durglo, Jr., tribal preservation department head, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes | Presentation
NCSL Update

STEM - How to increase access to STEM opportunities in Indian Country 

  • Identify goals and objective.
  • Group input on STEM White Paper.
  • Identify next steps.

Roundtable Discussion: Tribal and Related Working Group Updates

NETWG members provided updates on issues and activities relating to nuclear energy development and waste storage and transportation.


Friday, Oct. 5 

The Importance of STEM to Indian Country

  •  Brian Lipscomb,  chief executive officer, Energy Keepers
  Meeting wrap-up and adjourn