JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) -- Jemez Pueblo is ready to study the geothermal energy potential locked thousands of feet beneath its reservation, but the federal government has yet to deliver the funds needed to start the work.

The tribe was among more than 120 recipients in dozens of states that were awarded $338 million in stimulus grants to jump start the domestic geothermal energy industry.

The head of the pueblo's resource protection department says he was hoping to the get the funding before now so work could start in January, but it looks like the formal award could take months to get to the tribe.

Steve Blodgett says the tribe wanted to complete necessary mapping and seismic studies before the growing season. Agriculture is an important source of income for the small tribe.

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