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Bonneville Power Administration Dedicates Facility to Native American Tribe

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PASCO, WA -- For the first time ever, Bonneville Power Administration dedicated their maintenance headquarters in Pasco to a Native American tribe.

BPA named the facility Nekitpe, which means "thinking place" in the Nez Perce language.

Nekitpe was opened a year ago, but it wasn't until today that it was given its official name.

BPA representatives said it's a great opportunity to bridge the relationship between Bonneville and the surrounding tribal communities.

"I think the significance of naming this facility in the Nez Perce language comes from that area of the consideration of the Bonneville Power Administration and how they relate to tribes and their interests that we have here," said Josiah Pinkham, Cultural Specialist with the Nez Perce Tribe.

The new maintenance center is going to allow BPA employers to work in one area instead of being spread out in different buildings throughout the Tri-Cities.