Campo Kumeyaay Nation
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Campo Kumeyaay Nation Chairwoman, Monique LaChappa, brought the voice of the Campo people to Washington last week in an effort to shape policy on clean energy and the future of Indian Country. Participating in the White House Clean Energy Economy Forum, the White House Tribal Nations Conference and the Climate Change and Indian Country event, Ms. LaChappa raised issues of concern to Campo, such as climate change, and called on U.S. leaders to help address such issues.
In a meeting with tribal leaders on Thursday, November 5, President Obama reinforced his commitment to Indian Country and to facilitating our access to renewable energy development. "Up to 15 percent of our potential wind energy resources are on Native American land, and the potential for solar energy is even higher,". said President Obama. "But too often, you face unique hurdles to developing these renewable resources. . . We're streamlining and expediting the permit process for energy development and transmission across tribal lands. We are securing tribal access to financing and investments for new energy projects."
The Campo Kumeyaay Nation (CKN) is one of twelve Kumeyaay Bands in the County of San Diego, California. They are a gaming tribe and owners of the Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center. CKN was one of the first tribal nations to join The Climate Registry as well as to measure and collect data on greenhouse gas emissions in the region. Campo currently hosts a 50 MW wind project, the largest commercial-scale wind project on tribal lands. In partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric, a subsidiary of Sempra, and Invenergy, CKN will jointly develop and operate the first phase –160 MW – of a 300MW expansion.
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