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renewable energy development and in bringing energy efficiency capacity to Tribal
communities and in transferring technological skills and knowledge to Tribes. The
project also documented the fact a federal program working with a Tribal
organization can reach Tribes so that individual Tribes do not have to work in
isolation; each discovering and overcoming the same problems over and over
again. Thru the project Tribes and DOE have indentified and documented the
barriers that up to date are blocking the development of world class, Tribally
owned, wind and solar resources. Among these barriers are: 1) The need for
investment in Tribal institutional capacity that can provide a foundation for the
long term resource assessments, project planning and development and provide a
portal thru which access to technical, financial and markets can be linked; 2)
Federal tax policy creates disincentives for private capital to flow to Tribally
controlled development whether for necessary physical infrastructure such as roads
that access the Tribal resource zones or for the financing for the construction and
installation of the renewable energy technology; 3) Tax credits and bonding that
provide stimulus for development in the general American economy do not work
because of the special status of Indian lands and Tribal governments; special
statutory and regulatory provisions are needed if Tribally developed Indian
renewable energy potential is to be integrated into the American energy markets;
and, 4) The old models for Tribal natural resource development is outdated and
obsolete in the modern era of Indian self determination and Tribal self governed
economic development making reform a high national priority for Indian Tribal
leadership. By identifying and documenting the potential future clean energy
supply that America could benefit from when Indian renewable energy is
developed; coupled with the identification of the major barriers to successful,
Tribal development of Indian resources provides the public with a clear path to
removing the barriers and securing the benefits of clean, green Indian energy.
Part Two: Accomplishments of the Project's Goals and Objectives
To understand the manner in which CERT undertook the implementation of the
DOE/CERT Cooperative Agreement, it is important to understand the CERT
Mission established by the Tribes in creating CERT and the National Indian
Energy Vision adopted by the Tribes in 1999.
The CERT Mission: Adopted in 1975
To assist the Tribes develop their management capabilities and governmental
capacities to use their energy resources as the foundation for building stable,
balanced self-governing economies.
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Lester, A. David. Native American Technical Assistance and Training for Renewable Energy Resource Development and Electrical Generation Facilities Management, report, October 17, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc894214/m1/2/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.