Partners and Sponsorship Opportunities

About Our Energy Challenge Partner, the DEMD

The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) office is the primary office responsible for fulfilling Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs' trust responsibility to Indian Tribes and allottees concerning the development of their conventional energy, renewable energy and mineral resources on Trust lands. DEMD is the only office within the Federal government with the primary responsibilities of assisting Indian mineral owners in assessing, identifying, and promoting their energy and mineral resources and insuring that the Indian communities and individual Indians realize a maximum revenue stream from the development of their vast Trust resources. While other DOI agencies have some limited responsibilities in Indian energy and mineral development, the Tribe (or allottee) is not their main client as it is with DEMD.   DEMD takes a much stronger role as the lead agency providing advice and financial support to Indians.  

The development of energy resources on Indian lands has helped to place the United States on the path to a more secure energy future, while significantly impacting the economic health of many Indian communities.  While the progress has been substantial there remains much to do, as historically Indian lands still remain under-developed relative to surrounding non-Indian lands.  Recognizing the opportunities that exist for Indians, DEMD’s sole purpose is to provide technical advice, economic advice and support services to assist Tribes in achieving the maximum economic self-sufficiency by creating sustainable economic benefit through the environmentally sound development of their energy and mineral resources.  One portion of this effort is to develop tribal managerial, organization and technical capacity needed to maximize the economic impact of energy resource development on Indian land.

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NAIVSEF Sponsorship Opportunities

The National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair (NAIVSEF), a virtual competition format, was successfully piloted in 2014 and approved by the Society for Science and the Public. NAIVSEF is open to Native students in grades 5-12, from among the 158 AISES affiliated pre-college schools across the United States and Canada. NAIVSEF serves as a catalyst for expanding young minds and creating an arena for students to gain interest and knowledge around the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. AISES seeks to triple its participation from 2014’s pilot year, with a goal of increasing participation to 50 senior division and 50 junior division students this year.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair, click here and contact Kellie Jewett-Fernandez, Director of Business and Program Development​ at