Tribal Energy Overview

Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NCSL provides staff support to numerous state and tribal working groups. These working groups serve as a platform for tribal leaders and federal officials to openly discuss topics such as energy development, environmental cleanup of DOE facilities, and transport and storage of nuclear waste in recognition of DOE’s federal trust responsibility. The meetings provide a forum for idea exchange, learning, and relationship building among states, tribes and the federal government.



Tribal Energy


Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG)

ICEIWG brings government and tribal leaders together to collaborate and gain insight into real-time tribal experiences representing obstacles and opportunities in energy and related infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country.


Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG)

NETWG is a DOE chartered working group, focused on engaging tribal governments interested in the broad spectrum of Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy activities.


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State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG)

STGWG convenes representatives from states and Native American tribes that host or are otherwise affected by DOE sites or facilities associated with the production and cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex. 


NREL intern Rachael Boothe explains biomass through a sugar balloon science experiment at the July 2016 Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day in Colo., hosted by DOE-IE.

Tribal STEM Subcommittee

The Tribal STEM Subcommittee convenes as part of a cooperative agreement between DOE and NCSL. The subcommittee works to focus and build on DOE working group conversations related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Its current projects are centered around STEM career opportunities for tribal members, including youth, and gaps in opportunities identified in a STEM white paper published by NETWG. 


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Energy Emergencies: Tribal-State Coordination in Planning and Response

Tribal governments play a vital role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters and other emergencies. Many tribes carry out disaster response functions, including responding to energy emergencies, through a designated emergency management agency tasked with coordinating responses.


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State and Tribal Radiological Resource: Radiological Preparedness Training

Responding to a radiological incident or emergency can be a daunting, dangerous and deadly task. Training primarily covers topics related to radiological incidents or emergency responses and addresses issues such as public health, the environment, counterterrorism, and relief and recovery operations. Training courses vary by cost, prerequisites and location.


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Indian Country Energy & Infrastructure Working Group |June 2021| Q2 Meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy (IE) held online the 2nd Quarter Meeting of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG) on June 28, 2021.


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Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group |Sept. 2021| Q3 Meeting  

The Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG) held its third-quarter meeting virtually on Sept. 1, 2021. This meeting brought together ­­­­­­­­­­NETWG members with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental and External Affairs and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NCSL provides staff support to this group through a cooperative agreement with the DOE.