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Indian tribe creates own electric utility

| Written by ILSR Admin | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

On June 6, 2009 the St. Regis Mohawk tribe voted 445-102 to create its own electric utility.  It will invest about $14 million to build a new power plant and distribution network.  The reservation is on the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New York.  Some 11,000 tribal members liver on the New York side of the border.

Nine other Indian tribes already have their own tribal electric utility.  The St. Regis Mohawk tribe now joins them in demonstrating that when it comes to electricity, local self-reliance is cheaper and better.


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  • Bernard Bernstein

    Ms. Mitchell,

    We are trying to develop an Electric Utility in alignment witht our Tidal Power Project at Eastport, Miane. This project is in coordination with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the area. I have been searching for some guidleines or regualtions that apply to an Indian Tribe wishing to develop an Electric Utility.

    Could you perhaps refer me to some resources or even suggest a person that couid assist us with this project. I have cintacted many Federal regulatory agencies with no specific respones to my inquiries.

    Thankj\ you for any consideration that you provide to us.

    Bernard Bernstein
    The Opportunity Grouip
    (615) 419-3611

  • Normand Laberge


    The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point is interested in forming a Tribal electric utility. Are you available to provide some guidance.

    Thank you.