2021-2022 Cohort

Brett Alberts (Sprit Lake Sioux)

Brett Alberts is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe from Spirit Lake, North Dakota.  Brett is currently attending United Tribes Technical College where he is currently pursuing his bachelors in Tribal Environmental Science and Research. He has earned his associates in Pre-Engineering and Computer Information Technology. His research involves fabricating Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) from organic natural dyes. His hobbies include working out, cars, video games, and a passion for learning.

Fellowship goal(s): To build capacity and create solar energy infrastructure that engages and inspires tribal community members of all ages to understand solar energy’s potential, while finding alternative and more accessible components to create solar systems.


Chantel Green (Nez Percé)

Chantel holds a Masters of Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts, Indigenous American Indian Studies with emphasis in Environmental Justice and Associate of Science, Health, Sport, and Exercise Science degree from Haskell Indian Nations University.  Recently, served a three (3) year term, as the elected Vice-Chairwoman of the Nez Perce Tribal Council, (NPTEC).  She is now the Nez Perce Tribes Department of Natural Resources Planner. 

My goals are to establish a Net-Zero transition plan that includes a green circular, more holistic economy utilizing our sovereignty and natural resources and incorporating all entities of the tribe to meet the true needs of the environment that sustains our bodies and lives. To boost our economy to a greater outcome by developing sustainable energy, lessening our costs for the Nez Perce Tribe and looking toward mutual and cooperative agreements with other tribes, state, federal, and local organizations.

Fellowship goal(s):  To establish a Net-Zero transition plan that includes a green circular, more holistic economy utilizing our sovereignty and natural resources and incorporating all entities of the Nez Perce tribe


Gino O’Rourke (Yurok)

Gino graduated from College of the Redwoods with an AA degree in Behavior and Social Science and a BA degree in Sociology. In 2016 he participated in an internship with the Yurok Tribe’s Planning and Community Development Department and has worked there ever since. Gino has developed and managed power and water infrastructure and planning projects, the construction of a 6.8-mile power line extension project, a 28 kW PV project, electric vehicle charging stations, energy efficiency upgrades, a strategic energy action plan, and currently working on a contract to install a 24 kW PV system and multiple Tesla Powerwalls on Yurok Tribal Facilities.

My vision of the Yurok Tribe by advancing the Tribe’s plan and create shovel-ready PV infrastructure projects that will be competitive for grant funds. I will utilize tribal and nontribal experts to create PV system designs for all of the Tribe’s buildings located in Pacific Gas and Electric service area, (Tribal buildings located in other service areas do not qualify for Net Energy Metering) and develop a standardized, modular, off-grid PV system that can be deployed to off-grid residents. I will work with experts to assess roof integrity, determine system costs, system productions, and energy savings for each sight.

Fellowship goal(s): To further the vision of the Yurok Tribe by advancing the Tribe’s plan and create shovel-ready PV infrastructure projects that will be competitive for grant funds.


Daniel Wiggins Jr. (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

Daniel Wiggins Jr, is a Bad River Tribal Member and the Mashkiiziibii (Bad River) Natural Resource Department’s- Air Quality Technician (AQT). He has worked for the Tribe for nearly 10 years as the AQT and has had oversight of the Tribe’s renewable energy activities since 2017. He was recently tasked as the Project Lead for the “Ishkonige Nawadide Solar Microgrid Project,” which installed over 500 kW of solar and 1,000 kW hours of batteries on three tribal facilities. The Tribe’s energy projects are planned and executed on the Tribe’s ability to exercise energy sovereignty, and eventually reach the Tribe’s energy vision, “to empower and enable the community to move towards energy independence.” One of his goals is to teach the next generation (youth) of the numerous opportunities within renewable energy in Indian Country in hopes to better serve their tribal communities”.

Fellowship goal(s): To work with tribal youth ranging from middle school to college in coordination with the Bad River Tribal education department and Natural Resource Department to offer effective microgrid tours and presentations on the Tribe’s renewable energy work and goals.