SD Intertribal Wind Project Gets Boost From Apple


Lyle Jack and other OSPA officials testify before a Congressional committee. Your browser does not support HTML5 audio. Here is ainstead. One of the country’s tech giants is partnering with a tribal-owned wind farm project in South Dakota.

The Oceti Sakowin Power Authority (OSPA) is one of 15 businesses selected for Apple’s inaugural Impact Accelerator program . Apple will provide training and networking for Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned , eco-friendly businesses.

“It’s going to open some doors to other potential energy buyers, it’s going to get our name out there. To be affiliated with Apple is always a feather in anyone’s cap in the business world,” said Lyle Jack, the OSPA chair and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. “Also, it allows us to share ideas with other companies that are going through the same thing we are. It’s all about the climate and trying to reduce that carbon footprint.”

OSPA is owned by the Oglala, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Yankton and Flandreau Santee Sioux tribes, and plans to build wind farms on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations.

Jack said the project aligns with the tribes’ values.

“In our culture we are taught to take care of the Mother Earth, or we call her Unci Maka, which is Grandmother Earth, and take care of the environment that we live in.”

Jack said renewable energy falls within those beliefs and the tribes have some of the best wind resources in the nation.OSPA is partnering with Apex Clean Energy to develop the […]

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