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Rosebud reservation to get new wind turbines

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ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) - A federal contractor is set to begin installing up to 20 wind turbines on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota to some of the reservation's neediest homes.

Tamara Stands and Looks Back with Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sacred Power Corp. says the 1.8 kilowatt wind turbines will provide reliable electricity to elderly people in the reservation community of Parmelee.

Funding for the turbines comes from a $395,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that aims to reduce energy costs in rural areas of the country.

Stands and Looks Back says Sacred Power also will train and hire tribal members to install the wind systems.

Chief John Spotted Tail, a tribal spokesman, says the tribe selected about 20 elderly homeowners to receive the turbines.

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