Yakamas start producing its own power

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The Yakama Nation is officially in the power generating business with the recent revival of a hydroelectric generator in the Wapato Irrigation Project. The electricity it generates will eventually be used to power homes on the 1.2-million-acre reservation. With the current hydroelectric system nearly tapped out in the Northwest, the tribe has been looking, for about five years, at its own wind, water and wood fuel to generate power.