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The government estimates that there may be almost $1 trillion in energy reserves on tribal lands, but the $2 billion Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee program can be used to fund renewable as well as traditional power development projects. (Photo by Indigo Skies Photography/Creative Commons)

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Tribal energy loan program starts, more than a decade after its OK

More than 10 years after it was first approved, a federal loan program for tribal energy development projects will accept its first applications next month.