September 09, 2019

Winds of Change: Wind Energy on Tribal Lands

Rujeko (Rue) Muza

Introduction

Native American Tribes and Alaska Natives possess large quantities of land with great potential for wind energy projects. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Native American territories comprise approximately 5.8 percent of land in the United States and represent an estimated 7.8 percent of total U.S. wind energy generation potential. Successful wind energy projects can provide Tribes with opportunities for income diversification, energy independence, and economic development. This is vitally important given that more than 14 percent of all Native American households do not have access to electricity.

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