About the Organization
Brand Name: MTERA, Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association
- Logo to include both acronym and full name
About the Organization:
MTERA enhances the collaborative spirit between Midwest Tribes where the advancement of energy policy and development has created a clean, secure, sustainable energy future for Tribes and our neighbors.
MTERA seeks to bring energy opportunity to Midwest Tribes that advances energy policy and development by leveraging resources, sharing information, gaining experience, identifying opportunities and benefiting from real world projects.
- Members: Midwest Tribes (specifically Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin). Currently, 8 participating member tribes.
- Mission: to empower Midwest tribes to manage energy resources through collective action
- Core Values: Collaboration, commitment, community, action, environmental stewardship, understanding
- History: Energy has a significant impact to Tribes across the country. It affects land, water, economic development, and the budgets of tribal businesses and members. Typically, energy decisions affecting Tribal lands are shaped largely by federal policy, state regulations, and utility investments. These decisions are often not aligned with Tribal interests.
In an effort to address these growing issues, MTERA formed in 2014. Initially the organization started as an informal group of five Midwest Tribes passionate about energy. Without any initial funding, the founding Member Tribes established the entity, defined the initial governance structure, approved the organizational bylaws, and identified opportunities to support Midwest Tribes.
Since 2014, MTERA has made significant progress establishing itself as a valuable resource for Tribes across the Midwest who are looking to understand and act on the energy opportunities unique to their Tribal circumstances.
Overall design needs to be culturally sensitive and respect / represent native American tribes.
Reference traditional Tribal colors
- Primary: black, red, yellow, white
o Native medicine wheel colors
- Secondary: green, blue
- Tertiary: purple
Themes / Items to Consider:
- Tribal icons / items of meaning
o See visual attachment of existing member tribal seals/flags
o Shapes: i.e. circles
o renewable /sustainable energy
o eagle feathers
Items to avoid:
- no reference to gaming / casinos
- not too corporate / do not reflect standard energy IOU entity