The six Sioux tribes from South Dakota had come up with a great idea — to develop a wind energy farm on the Native American reservations across the Great Plains, which already had the potential. But they continued to run into barriers from possible partners, who wanted majority control (and profit) from the project. The tribes refused.
But Lyle Jack, an economic consultant for the Oglala Sioux tribe and a staunch advocate of the potential for wind energy development, refused to give up. He was able to continue pushing and establish the largest clean energy project so far on American Indian land: 570 megawatts of combined generating capacity. He's excited about the revenue, the jobs and the stewardship of the land.
"I believe it was Crazy Horse who said, 'We do not inherit the land from our parents. We borrow it from our grandchildren,'" Jack said.