Background on the GreenStep Tribal Nations Pilot Program
During summer 2014 Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs, a GreenStep Cities program partner organization) funded University of MN-Duluth students. They worked with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) to advance and document Tribal sustainability and clean energy actions. That experience led LLBO to request formal participation in the GreenStep program.
Despite the fact that GreenStep actions are designed to work for Minnesota cities, not tribal communities, the GreenStep program steering committee enthusiastically welcomed LLBO and has developed an evolving set of guidelines for other tribal communities who wish to join the program as members of a GreenStep Tribal Nations pilot program. Tribal Nations members utilize GreenStep information resources and are recognized for their accomplishments as added to their GreenStep web page.
Currently four Tribal Nations are participating:
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, joined August 2014
- Red Lake Nation, joined June 2015
- Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, joined February 2017
- Prairie Island Indian Community, joined February 2020
Read more about the program's background and see the guidelines and issues for tribal participation in the GreenStep Tribal Nations pilot program.
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