Proposed Rule and Explanatory Information

The BIA is in the process of updating regulations related to the management, operation, and maintenance of three utilities: San Carlos Irrigation Project-Power Division and Colorado River Agency-Power Division, both in Arizona; and Mission Valley Power utility in Montana. In collaboration with local power utilities, including some tribal employees, we have drafted revisions to Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 175 "Electric Power Utilities". We now request formal input on the draft rule. Consultation sessions on the draft rule, as well as crosswalks showing the edits between the current version of the regulation and the drafted (new) version of the regulation are listed below also.

A draft of the Rule is available here: 25 CFR 175 Draft Rule

Comments on the draft rule must be submitted by May 20th, 2016.

Comments may be submitted in two ways:

  1. Via email at:
  2. Via mail: Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 3623-MIB, Washington, DC 20240

Read the Tribal Leader Letter signed by the Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (Electric Power Utilities, 25 CFR 175)

Consultation Sessions

The following consultation sessions have been scheduled to discuss the draft rule. Additional details will be forthcoming in the coming months, as necessary:

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (local time) - Mission Valley Power, 36079 Pablo W. Road, Pablo, Montana 59855

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (local time) - Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Conference Room #1, 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Indian Affairs will post any additional consultation sessions on this website as they are scheduled.

Transcripts of Consultation Sessions

Transcripts will be posted as they are received.

Additional Information

Crosswalk: Current Version to New Version, 25 CFR 175

Crosswalk: New Version to Current Version, 25 CFR 175