"Indian Tribe Sees Bright Future in Solar Power"

"JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. -- A poverty-stricken Indian tribe that holds the sun and nature's other gifts sacred sees a brighter future for itself in solar power.

The 3,000 members of the Jemez Pueblo are on the verge of building the nation's first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land, a project that could bring in millions of dollars.

Experts say tapping into the sun, wind and geothermal energy on Indian land could generate the kind of wealth many tribes have seen from slot machines and blackjack tables."

Susan Montoya Bryan reports for the Associated Press January 13, 2010.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010