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​Tribal Affairs
Request for FY 2021 Applications

The Bonneville Power Administration’s Tribal Education Capacity Building Grant program provides funding assistance to federally recognized tribes to advance awareness and understanding of the federal Columbia River Power and Transmission system and BPA programs.

BPA is requesting proposals that support tribal education programs in science, technology, engineering, math, and natural and cultural resource management. Proposals should be designed to strengthen the capacity of tribes, support government-to-government relationships, and increase opportunities for education about the operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System, Federal Columbia River Transmission System or integrated Fish and Wildlife Program.

Projects should include how the project will advance participants awareness and understanding of electrical generation and transmission, energy efficiency, hydropower, environmental stewardship of the Columbia River Basin habitat and ecosystems, and cultural resource management.

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.
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. 
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
The Tribal Policy was developed in 1993 through government-to-government consultation with tribes within the Columbia River Basin. This policy recognizes the trust responsibility between the federal government and federally recognized tribes, shaping a framework for government-to-government consultation.