Sandia National Laboratories and the Navajo Nation announced an agreement in late October for the federal lab to provide technical assistance to the tribe as it develops energy resources on the sprawling reservation.

The Navajo Nation and Sandia have cooperated since the 1980s. The memorandum of understanding extends their agreement for another five years, with an additional automatic five-year extension unless one of the parties opts out.

The agreement comes as the tribe is forging an energy policy to take advantage of the coal, natural gas, wind, and solar resources on Navajo land.

“They’re taking energy policy on for the first time in a strategic way,” said Rick Stulen, vice president for energy programs at Sandia National Laboratories. “What they’re doing right now is really important.”

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