Renewables embraced by Standing Rock, other tribes

In this Dec. 11 photo, Henry Red Cloud stands outside the workshop where he teaches renewable energy installation on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A variety of green energy projects are sprouting up on American Indian reservations. Some tribes are looking to make money and others just want to benefit the community with reduced energy bills and green jobs. The Standing Rock tribe in North Dakota recently built a small solar farm near the site of long and tumultuous protests over the Dakota Access pipeline. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves) CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – At the peak of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016 and 2017, when speakers needed help to be heard by the hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, they grabbed a microphone powered by a mobile solar unit.

The sound system was one of several green energy examples that stuck with Cody Two Bears, a young Standing Rock leader who occasionally took the mic. After the protests ended without stopping the pipeline, Two Bears announced he was creating a nonprofit – Indigenized Energy – aimed at boosting development of renewable energy.

“There were a lot of people creating energy within that camp,” Two Bears, 35, told The Associated Press. “I looked at my community and said if Standing Rock changed the world, maybe we can change within ourselves.”

With publicity from the tumultuous protest still fresh in people’s minds, Indigenized Energy and other nonprofits worked together in the last year […]

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