Chapter 6: Economic Development: Renewables, Sustainable Economies, & Carbon Offsets

Loretta Singletary, Scott Clow, Marjorie Connolly, Dara Marks-Marino, Alyssa Samoy, Sherry Stout

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This chapter reviews economic development issues and opportunities that Tribes face in the age of climate change. It includes summaries pertaining to Tribal histories and trauma, harmful federal policies and subsequent land tenure issues, and the surge of economic sovereignty through renewable energy development on Tribal lands, including carbon offset markets. Recommendations are offered to reinforce and expedite Tribal economic self-determination on Tribal lands in the context of climate change. The chapter opens with the narrative of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of southwest Colorado, describing how this Tribe developed a large-scale solar economic development project to reduce their Tribal energy bills and decrease their dependence on fossil fuel usage. A researched overview of Economic Development as it relates to Tribes and climate change follows these narratives, beginning with the Key Messages and Recommendation that the authors have identified.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5600-80182


  • climate change
  • economic development
  • Native American
  • renewable energy
  • tribes


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