Tribal Lands

Rosebud Reservation


Rosebud Sioux (Upper Brules), Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux)




5,102 sq km


As a member of the Rosebud Clean Energy Education Partnership (CEEP) since 2007, we work with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe departments and programs to increase awareness, understanding, and use of renewable energy on the Rosebud Reservation. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe purchased panels and materials for 150 solar air heating systems, which have been assembled and installed by tribal members trained at at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC). Additionally, in 2009 and 2010, a total of 32 members from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe received Solar Technician I training at RCREC.

In April 2010, TWP partnered with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Lakota Solar Enterprises to host the first Renewables on Tribal Homelands conference at the Rosebud Casino and Hotel. This intensive, three-day event focused on family and facility-scale alternative energy projects across Indian Country - wind, solar, geothermal, and straw bale housing technologies - with 173 registered attendees including representatives of the Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Spirit Lake, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Ponca, Ute Mountain, Sac and Fox, and Red Lake Tribes. In 2012, the second Renewables on Tribal Homelands conference will be held, again focusing on the future of tribal energy.

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Trainees install a solar air furnace on the Rosebud Reservation. A recently installed solar furnace on a Rosebud Sioux house. A Rosebud trainee works to make the stand for a solar furnace. View more photos of Tribal Lands