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In AZ visit, U.S. Energy secretary announces grants for Indigenous communities

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

In a visit to Arizona this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced several grants to fund projects benefiting Indigenous communities. Among those projects is a microgrid controller to power four remote water pumps and solar powered diesel generators.

“These communities and communities like them across the country bear the burden of old infrastructure,” Granholm said. “Infrastructure that may be fragile and is failing. Failing electrical equipment, for example.”

Leaders from the Hopi Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe and Navajo Nation were also present.

Granholm said these grants are just the beginning of future announcements across the country.

Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.