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 Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ Hydroelectric Project on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
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.
The Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ 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 Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ 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 Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ 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.
Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓