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Montana Water Protection Act is a bad bill

Senators Daines and Tester are co-sponsoring draft legislation in the US Senate entitled the “Montana Water Rights Protection Act” ostensibly to approve the Flathead Irrigation Water Compact Agreement approved by the Montana Legislature. However, the bill goes far beyond this agreement.  As “concessions” to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, they receive $1.9 billion (that’s $425,000 per tribal member), 36,000 acres of public land and the National Bison Range.  The NBR was established by Congress at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 to preserve bison from extinction and was purchased from CSKT as grazing land at the g...


Vote no for the jail

Editor,  Fifty million dollars is a lot of money. Lake county taxpayers are being asked to levy a tax for a new jail. Less than 50 percent of the occupants are Lake County residents. We would have plenty of capacity if we did not have tribal members in the jail. There are two simple solutions to t...


Support jail, courthouse expansion

Editor, The proposed Lake County jail and courthouse expansion is an appropriate direction and the levy should be approved. As societies evolve and grapple with new problems it is important that social structures similarly adjust. The purpose of societal adjustment is both (1) to better serve and prote...


Water compact protects water rights of all Montanans

Let me begin with Al’s favorite claim – that the MWRPA would take water rights away from 350,000 Western Montanans.  This is completely false.  The MWRPA protects the water rights of all Montanans. It requires the CSKT to permanently relinquish 97 percent of all water rights claim...


Slices of Life

Monday morning comes along every seven days or so and the workweek looms ahead: five long days. Standing at the end, however, is Saturday. Sweet, unencumbered, unscheduled Saturday. A day to sleep in. A day of freedom. On Monday morning, I think about the evening and the chores I will accomplish. I will g...


Saying thanks

Editor, I want to say thank you to Dr. Ken Cairns. You helped me in my recovery. You are a kind and compassionate person and doctor. The Tribal Health will not be the same without you. May God Bless you with your walk in life. You will always be my friend. Jack Howlett Ronan  


Soup kitchen looks for funding sources

Editor, As with many good things, time goes by and interest falls. We want to thank all of the businesses and individuals who have donated silent auction items and food to our annual Winterfest fundraiser for SoupsOn. Thanks also to the many volunteers who spent months planning and serving on the big nigh...


National events cause for concern

Editor, Much is happening in our political, cultural and international scene these days. Here are two that caught my attention. See what you think. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, both MSNBC and CNN had damning interviews with shady character Lev Parnas who was part of Trump’s Ukranian bluster and blunder...


Write out, don’t abbreviate the year in 2020

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe 2020 has arrived. The library staff reminisced about where we were on Y2K. Do you remember where you were?  We are premiering a new program on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. called, “Movin’ to the Music.” This program draws inspiration from a var...


Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Recently, we have seen too many missing youths in Montana who may be human trafficking victims. Learning what we can do to stop this crime may help these, and other, victims of human trafficking. I am a registered nurse, domestic violence advocate, and pro...


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