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JPR: Umatilla Tribes tap wind power for museum on reservation






The new wind turbine at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Photo from Facebook

The Umatilla Tribes of Oregon installed the first wind turbine on the reservation at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute:
You can spot one of the Eastern Oregon’s newest renewable energy projects from Interstate 84. It doesn’t look like other wind projects east of the Cascades.

A single wind turbine rises over the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The turbine blades gain momentum as the wind picks up. The tribes’ executive director, Dave Tovey, said this cultural institute turned out to be the perfect spot for the first turbine erected in Northwest Indian Country. The place where the tribes broke ground for the cultural institute is notoriously windy.

“A lot of our elders would just shake their heads as say, ‘You guys know, the wind always blows up there.’ We always thought, like Indian tribes, and like we do with so many other things here, we turn a seeming disadvantage into an advantage, or even an opportunity,” Tovey said.

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Renewable Energy Takes Root In Northwest Indian Country (Jefferson Public Radio 6/2)