U.S. DOE Tribal STEM Subcommittee

10/27/2020

Subcommittee Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal STEM Subcommittee, comprised of members of DOE working groups, convenes as part of a cooperative agreement between DOE and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Tribes invested in “all of the above” energy policy―including those impacted by DOE activities like nuclear energy, environmental clean-up, and the transportation/disposition of radioactive waste―head up the work. In partnership with DOE, Indian Country and NCSL, the subcommittee stems from a commitment by members to focus and build on DOE working group conversations related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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 the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG). The paper spotlights challenges and opportunities for expanding STEM opportunities in Indian Country.

Participating DOE working groups with NETWG include the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG), the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) and the Tribal Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee (TRMTC).