Kerr Dam
11:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam

$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.
    The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation. 

Tribal leaders at original dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

In this feature interview, Lipscomb tells News Director Sally Mauk that the arbitration panel agreed with the tribes that PPL Montana wanted too much money for mitigation costs.

Sally Mauk talks with Energy Keepers CEO Brian Lipscomb about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes' imminent purchase of Kerr Dam