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Red Lake Nation secures first federal approval for energy developments


March 17, 2022

Solar panels installed on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. Photo courtesy Red Lake Government & Public Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Red Lake Nation is making history as the first in Indian Country to win federal approval for its energy development efforts.

The tribe, based in Minnesota, will now be able to enter into leases, business deals and rights-of-way without submitting every individual agreement to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review. Red Lake's designation as a Tribal Energy Development Organization (TEDO) eliminates bureaucratic hurdles that often stand in the way of economic development in Indian Country and can lead to millions of dollars in lost opportunities.

"The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is reclaiming its sovereign authority to control the development of energy resources," Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said in a news release on Wednesday.

"This is an exciting development that will lead to greater energy security for their people's comfort and prosperity," said Newland, a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community.


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