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A Native-owned energy company will leverage $31 million in state funding to create a long-duration energy storage system for a southern California tribe. The California Energy Commission issued the grant to Anaheim Hills, Calif.-based Indian Energy LLC, which plans to deploy a state-of-the-art microgrid that will provide renewable backup power for the Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians.
Tribal exclusivity became a central question between two proposed sports betting measures in California leading up to last Tuesday’s elections. The first measure, Proposition 26, would have legalized in-person sports betting on tribal lands, while the second measure, Proposition 27, would have legalized mobile sports betting across the state and invited larger operations such as DraftKings and FanDuel to participate.
The National Congress of American Indians has partnered with the Grow with Google Digital Coaches Program to bring broadband education to Indian Country. All the broadband access in the world won’t help close the digital divide in Indian Country without the education to make use of the new technologies, says New Mexico Community Capital Program Director Henry Jake Foreman.
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Additionally, the BIA distributes $3 million for Native incubators; Powwow Pitch awards $200K to winners of Entrepreneurship Awards; and tribal-driven conservation projects receive the bulk of $91 million in grants from America the Beautiful Challenge.
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