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Energy and Economic Prosperity in Indian Country: A Multi-Sector Approach

Margaret Tallmadge July 11, 2022

Despite comprising only 5.8% of the land in the 48 contiguous states, Native American tribes could provide 10% of the nation’s total energy and 6.7% of its renewable energy capacity, but this remains undeveloped given a multitude of barriers. And despite this capacity, over 14% of households on Native American reservations (“Indian Country”) lack access to electricity.

The energy paradox in Indian Country highlights an enormous opportunity to shift the paradigm of colonial and exploitive energy development on tribal lands to one that bolsters tribal cultural values, environments, sovereignty, and economies while positioning tribes as profitable leaders in the nation’s renewable energy transition.  The fireside chat will engage the audience on how various sectors–governmental, not-for-profit, investors, and entrepreneurs–may accelerate decarbonization and social equity goals in the US and beyond using innovative models in Indian Country as a case study.



Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Accelerate Climate Action


Reimagine Systems, Power & Capital

Purpose and Desired Outcome

What lessons do new climate, finance, and economic development models in Indian Country provide for cross-sector collaboration, developing markets, institution building, and innovative financial models around the world? Can these examples provide new, proven, and replicable models for catalyzing clean energy development, required to exponentially accelerate decarbonization and equity goals in the United States and beyond? How may community-focused models leverage impact investing without compromising mission or cultural center?


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Corporate & SME

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers


  • NameBrett Isaac
  • TitleFounder & Executive Chairman
  • OrganizationNavajo Power, PBC
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameGarry McBerryhill
  • TitleInvestment Associate
  • OrganizationRaven Indigenous Capital Partners
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameCheri Smith
  • TitleFounder & CEO
  • OrganizationIndigenized Energy Initiative
  • StatusInvited
  • NameNick Tilsen
  • TitlePresident & CEO
  • OrganizationNDN Collective
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJoseph McNeil, Jr.
  • TitleGeneral Manager
  • OrganizationStanding Rock Sioux (“SAGE”) Renewable Energy Development Authority (TBD)
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameWahleah Johns
  • TitleDirector
  • OrganizationDOE Office of Indian Energy
  • StatusInvited
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