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Request for Applications

BPA is requesting proposals from federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations and educational institutions serving tribes located within the BPA service territory that support tribal youth education programs in the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math. Tribal proposals that include development of science, technology, engineering, and math youth camps, and/or post-secondary school level proposals designed to strengthen the human capital capacity of tribes, promote government-to-government relationships, and increase opportunities for partnerships and mutual benefits in the operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System, Federal Columbia River Transmission System, or the integrated Fish and Wildlife Program are preferred. Applications are due December 16, 2019. 

News and Highlights
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe cuts energy costs by going ductless
More northwest residents are saving money on their utility bills by installing ductless heat pumps. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is leading the way with nearly 30 percent of the tribe now heating and cooling their homes with ductless heat pumps. In partnership with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and funding from Clallam County Public Utility District, the tribe recently installed 57 ductless heat pumps in tribal members' homes. 
Northwest Tribes Provide Electricity, Prove Power to Lead
It started with a dream of two Northwest tribes to serve the electricity needs of their peoples. So, ten years ago tribal power sales agreements were signed with the Bonneville Power Administration. The agreement marked a turning point for BPA and for the tribes.
Mission Statement
To help BPA achieve its mission, while fulfilling the agency's trust responsibility to tribes as defined by federal laws, treaties, executive orders and policies, including BPA's Tribal Policy.  We accomplish this by working with the tribes and BPA to:
  • Promote effective working relationships by identifying and resolving key issues
  • Communicate in a collaborative manner
  • Consult in a meaningful way

Tribal Policy
BPA's Tribal Policy was established in 1996 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.