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Seminole Tribe picks up $100K for energy projects

The U.S. Department of Interior has earmarked $100,100 for the Seminole Tribe to put toward its energy projects and goals.

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant comes via the department’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). It’s part of a total $1.55 million that is being granted to 17 tribes overall.

The funds are designed to “enable tribes to enact energy regulations, conduct feasibility studies to form tribal utility authorities, and develop other kinds of legal infrastructure needed to regulate and manage energy resources,” a release said.

“[TEDC grants] support a tribe’s energy sovereignty, that is, to use its resources for its needs, to have the ability to do so effectively, and to ensure such resources will be maintained into the future,” the deputy assistant secretary in Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development, Mark Cruz, said in the statement.

The Seminole Tribe was one of 18 that received the grant money. (Image via Facebook)

The Department of Interior’s 2019 economic report said energy resources generated more than $6.63 billion in revenues for tribes last year. That total outpaces all other sources other than gaming.

The other tribes that received funds are:

  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, (California): $99,500 
  • Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, (California): $98,188 
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana: $96,600 
  • Bristol Bay Native Corp., (Alaska): $99,000 
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, (Minnesota): $50,000 
  • Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California: $80,000 
  • Mesa Grande Business Development Corp., (California): $80,000 
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe, (Colorado): $100,000 
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, (California): $80,000 
  • Hughes Village, (Alaska): $121,500 
  • San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians, (California): $100,000 
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, (Minnesota): $80,000 
  • Hopi Tribe of Arizona: $95,000 
  • Lower Brule Corp., (South Dakota): $100,000 
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, (Kansas): $100,000 
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), (Massachusetts): $80,000 

More information can be found here.

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Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at damonscott@semtribe.com.
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