BPA's Tribal Policy
was signed in 1996 by former Administrator Randy Hardy in 1996 and was written with extensive involvement from the 13 Columbia River Basin Tribes in BPA's service territory. The policy is the foundation of BPA's trust responsibility as a federal agency and provides a framework for a government-to-government relationship with the federally recognized Columbia Basin Tribes.
American Indian Tribes maintain their inherent right to be recognized and act as sovereign nations. The United States has acknowledged this status through treaties, executive orders, Supreme Court decisions, laws and everyday transactions. As a federal trustee, it is BPA's responsibility to understand and support the tribes' cultural values and their statutory, regulatory, and treaty rights.