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Archaeology and Cultural Resources

Idaho Power's Archaeology and Cultural Resources Program is a significant part of our commitment to provide electricity in an environmentally responsible manner.

Cultural Resources

The term “cultural resources” refers to a wide variety of property types related to current and past human cultures. Studying cultural resources helps us understand the past and preserves cultural diversity for the present and future.

Cultural resources include:

  • Archaeological sites
  • Historic buildings and structures
  • Artifacts
  • Historic landscapes
  • Traditional cultural properties
  • Other resources of cultural significance.

Program staff manage and protect nearly 2,000 cultural, historical and archaeological resources throughout the company’s 24,000 square-mile service area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

Most of these sites are located within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) boundaries of our hydroelectric projects along the Snake River in Idaho and Oregon, and are managed in cooperation with federal and state agencies.

The program is part of the company's Environmental Affairs department and oversees management of a wide range of cultural resources in compliance with federal, state, and local laws as well as corporate policies.

Have a question about archaeology or cultural resources? Ask A Scientist!

Hells Canyon Films

Learn about life in Hells Canyon. Idaho Power sponsored the production of two films about the cultural aspects of Hells Canyon.

Proving Up and Settling Down

Proving Up and Settling Down

View a short clip from this 30-minute film with first-hand accounts of life in Hells Canyon from early residents, historians and a descendant of Chief Joseph's Nez Perce Tribe. Order DVD - $6/Free for schools and public libraries!

The River Has Many Stories

The River Has Many Stories

View a short clip from this 30-minute film about Hells Canyon cultural resources and six Native American tribes.
Order DVD - $6/Free for schools and public libraries!


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