In 2015, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians pursued the opportunity to contract with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) for hydroelectric power coming from the Hoover Dam. The Tribe was able to secure a few megawatts of power through a Benefit Credit Program.
This program led the Tribe to further pursue self-governance. In 2018, the Tribe secured a Department of Energy grant to perform a feasibility study on the development of a Tribal utility. Ultimately, results from the feasibility study showed that, for the Tribe to grow economically, they must be able to provide the infrastructure needed to develop on their lands. The study included generation, transmission, and distribution.
The Tribe is enthused about what this infrastructure can do economically for not only themselves but for the Eastern Coachella Valley as a whole.
The Cabazon Tribal Authority is soliciting proposals from qualified design/build contractors to provide engineering design and construction services to construct the Generating Plant facility.
What Makes Us Different
Although we may provide power, water, and telecommunication, we are a segment of a broader vision. Our Tribal Council believes it is the Tribe’s responsibility to sustain Cabazon people for seven generations. We are one segment of that concept which provides the Tribe resource independence for future generations to come. CTUA represents responsible, sustainable, long term independence for our children.