Gary “Litefoot” Davis named ambassador to program
Published October 7, 2015
WASHINGTON – The National Center for American Indian Development (NCAIED) Tuesday, October 6, 2015 renewed its partnership with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative. The announcement came during the “Minorities in Energy – Year Two” event in Arlington, Virginia.
Since 2014, the National Center has been part of the MIE’s Industry Partner Engagement Network, working to strengthen and expand innovation in energy-specific economic development and workforce development/science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year, DOE and NCAIED participate in each other’s conferences, workshops, and other events.
Tuesday’s event brings together MIE ambassadors and high-ranking representatives from the Administration and the private sector to showcase the progress of the past year made by the MIE Initiative and its public-private partnerships.
In addition, NCAIED Board Member Michelle Holiday has once again been appointed an ambassador for the program and will serve a two-year term. NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis has also been named an ambassador to the program for the first time.
“We are pleased to be renewing our partnership with the Department of Energy as we work together to increase opportunities in the energy sector for Native Americans, and I look forward to my new role as an ambassador in the program,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “Energy in Indian Country is a two part equation. We must develop the resources we have on our lands, but we must also ensure our people have access to the jobs and opportunities created in the energy sector, which has long been a part of NCAIED’s vision of sustainability for Indian Country. The Minorities in Energy Initiative can help us answer both parts of this energy equation and help us provide self-sufficiency for future generations.”
Beyond the MIE partnership, the National Center has worked over the past several months on other initiatives aimed at expanding energy opportunities in Indian Country. From September 23-25, the National Center worked with DOE and the National Conference of State Legislature’s to put on National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit, which focused on energy policy priorities important to American Indian Tribes, brought together tribal and state governments, federal agencies, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities and academia.
Energy will also be a major topic at the upcoming RES New Mexico at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe. The event will take place from November 16-19. For more information, please visit www.res.ncaied.org.