Tribal Program

Here in Shannon County, South Dakota, poverty is endemic, perpetuated by substandard housing and lack of economic infrastructure. In the Pine Ridge reservation and surrounding communities, a growing population of Native youth struggles with uncertain opportunity. Tribal and community leaders are facing these obstacles down by embarking on a path of sustainable community development that embraces cultural values and self-determination.
Austin Thompson is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nations who reside in North Carolina on ancestral homelands, and are the only federally recognized tribe in the state. Austin brings with him a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to be a Native American in our country today, and with that comes his passion for promoting renewable energy to all tribal nations.
In Lakeport, California the sun is out in full-force and daily highs easily hit 100 degrees. This didn't stop our North Coast Solar Installation Supervisor, Cora Saxton and her crew of four volunteers this past week. The team hit the roof early, working together to bring solar to George Fred, his wife Tori, and their four grandchildren over two days of solar installation and job training on their home.
It’s been six months since our satellite office launched into the North Coast to serve the many tribal nations in that region. We’re thrilled to report all we’ve accomplished!
The North Coast satellite office will make solar energy more accessible to tribal members.
GRID Inland Empire completed 8 demonstration builds in 2013 with the Chemehuevi and Bishop Paiute Indian Tribes.
Three tribal families to receive no-cost solar electric systems. Kick-off event is Tuesday, December 3 at 11am.
GRID Alternatives staff spent ten days living in mobile homes at the foot of the Eastern Sierras to bring solar power--and soon jobs--to members of the Bishop Pauite Tribe.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) is partnering with the Bishop Paiute Tribe for its first-ever Tribal Solar Demonstration Project, bringing clean energy, much needed utility cost savings, and solar job skills to families on the Paiute Reservation located near the City of Bishop.
“This organization is a role model for how business can promote solar energy while equipping Californians with the skills they need to sustain this industry,” said EPA Pacific Southwest regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in presenting the award.

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