In 2016, the historic Dakota Access Pipeline Protests made national news through a grassroots movement in response to the approved construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline in the northern United States.

Fast-forward to today, and the effort lives on through Native American-owned companies that now create new ways to move away from using fossil fuels – and use the energy money saved to re-invest back into the community.

Bob Blake, a business leader who is passionate about renewable energy, has a vision for solar energy as the catalyst for positive change in the Native American community. Bob is also a member of Minnesota’s Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians.

In addition to offering solar installation services to Native American tribes through SolarBear.Earth, he is running for a seat on the St. Paul City Council in Ward 5 in Minnesota. He was also featured in a recent Rolling Stone article about how tribal activism is going solar.

Following are highlights from this interview:

  • More about Bob and his background, and why he is running for City Council in St. Paul. (1:00)
  • More about SolarBear.Earth and the services that the company offers. (2:23)
  • Insights into Bob’s recent commentary in the Rolling Stone article where he stated that how “solar energy is spreading like wildfire through tribal nations right now.” (4:00)
  • Bob’s vision for using solar energy as a catalyst for re-investing into the Native American community. (4:45)
  • Why saving Mother Earth is so important for Native Americans. (8:25)
  • Why Bob chose to use a .Earth domain name for SolarBear.Earth. (11:00)
  • What the future holds for SolarBear.Earth and Bob’s efforts to help the Native American community. (14:08)

To learn more about SolarBear.Earth, please click here. In addition, if you own a Native American-owned company, and would like to launch your own website using a .Earth domain name, please click here.

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