Interior sets Feb. 18 deadline for tribal energy grant proposals

American Indian tribes have until Feb. 18 to submit energy grant proposals to the Interior Department.

Assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn said Jan. 9 that Interior’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from Indian Tribes and Alaska Native regional and village corporations for projects to 1) build tribal capacity for energy resource development and 2) promote energy and mineral resource business on Indian lands.

Washburn has said previously that tribes play a key role in development of the so-called “all of the above” national energy policy.

The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps Tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues, as provided for under Title V. Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The Interior Department previously solicited grant proposals to help qualifying tribes with energy resource management in June 2011.

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes including: Reviewing and negotiating business deals or rights of way; evaluating the environmental and cultural impact of projects; monitoring the compliance of third parties in business agreements; updating tribal resource laws and regulations; and accounting for revenues.

Tribal Council resolution is a prerequisite for consideration of the grant proposal, due on or before Feb. 18. Proposals may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale (

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