The rising power of America's tribes

Moapa Band of Paiutes chairman William Anderson.

Moapa Band of Paiutes chairman William Anderson says this coal-fired plant is polluting his tribe’s reservation

American Indian lands are among the hottest prospects for renewable-energy investment in North America, with several gigawatts in the pipeline, and the potential for hundreds more.

Encouraged by President Barack Obama’s administration, numerous tribes across the US are opening up their reservations to wind and solar development, with the intention of bringing jobs, long-term revenue and energy self-sufficiency to their struggling communities. It would also ensure that the tribes — which live in semi-autonomous “nations” inside the US — are less dependent on government assistance and can gain access to private capital and technology.

Tribal lands comprise 2% of the US’s surface area but 5% of all renewable-energy resources, according to the Department of Log in to read complete article.

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