SXʷNQ̓EʔELS L SUW̓EČM / KSUKⱠIⱠMUMAⱠ ʾA·K̓͏AⱠMUKWAʾITS, Inc., which does business as Energy Keepers, Inc., is the tribally owned corporation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes tasked with managing the acquisition of the Kerr Hydroelectric Project on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
The Kerr Project, located about five miles southwest of Polson, encompasses a three-unit hydroelectric plant with the capacity to generate 194 megawatts of electricity. The annual generation of the plant averages 1,100,000 mega watt-hours of electricity or enough to supply 100,000 to 110,000 homes annually.
Currently, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have the exclusive right to acquire the Kerr Project in 2015 under provisions in the current Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. When the Tribes exercise their right to acquire the dam in 2015, they will become the first tribes in the nation to own and operate a major hydropower facility.
Owning and operating the Kerr Project will be a milestone for the Tribes as they continue to reacquire, manage and protect Flathead Reservation resources taken by the 19th century assimilation policies of the U.S. Government.
When the Tribes exercise their option to acquire the dam in 2015, they will become the first Tribes in the nation to own and operate a major hydropower facility.
Countdown to Kerr Dam Tribal Acquisition
Operations & Management
The Secretary of the Interior may, upon petition by any tribe, issue a charter of incorporation to such tribe: Provided, That such charter shall not become operative until ratified by the governing body of such tribe. Such charter may convey to the incorporated tribe the power to...
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The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai Tribes. The Flathead Reservation of 1.317 million acres in northwest Montana is our home now but our ancestors lived in the territory now known as western Montana...
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