Day: July 27, 2015

The history and significance of Kerr Dam for the Salish and Kootenai Tribes – July 29 – 2 pm to 4 pm

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You are invited to a conversation:

“The history and significance of Kerr Dam for the Salish and Kootenai Tribes”

When: July 29 – 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Forest Science Centre building 1613  2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC
Coffee and tea will be provided
The event may be recorded and shared on YouTube at a later date.

Everybody welcome – Please share with your social network!

Starting Sept. 5, 2015, The Salish and Kootenai Tribes will own and operate Kerr Dam, a 180 MW hydroelectric facility that controls the level of Flathead Lake, Montana.  Ronald Trosper, a tribal member, will summarize the history that led to this remarkable event, the first time an Indigenous Nation has acquired such a large dam on its reservation. With two subsidiary companies, Energy Keepers, Inc., and Mission Valley Power, the Tribes will control all electric generation and distribution on their reservation, with a substantial surplus to sell on the open market.

Dr. Ronald Trosper, Professor and former Head, American Indian studies, University of Arizona (earlier professor at Faculty of Forestry, UBC) and has been involved in the negotiations with the tribe to regain the control over this resource. He has agreed to come to UBC and deliver a talk about this.