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Compact supported by multi-generational irrigators

  Editor, The opponents of the Flathead Reservation Compact and the FIIP Water Use Agreement have been attacking those who support the Compact and Agreement in the most vicious ways. These opponents have gone out of their way to deliver personal attacks on those people supporting common sense solutions to difficult water resource issues.  Who are the opponents? They are largely led by anti-government activists who have arrived in the reservation community in the last five to 10 years. We have a couple of retired Boeing employees from Seattle, an anti-government activist from Wyoming, another from Arizona, a convicted felon, and realtors and others who own absolutely no ir...


Why would Supreme Court give guidance?

Editor, Regarding Walton, 9th Circuit Court or Colville Confederated Tribes v. Walton United States. I have been re-reading Walton. It is a twisted ruling. I was struck by the very last (below). It did recommend the Supreme Court, not the compact commission. United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Cir...


Concerns correct, but not unusual

Editor, Christopher Chavasse is absolutely correct in pointing out (Valley Journal, Aug. 14) that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes claim that their very senior, federally-reserved, on-reservation rights to water from the Flathead River would allow them to make a call against junior, state-based...


Need to govern ourselves first

Editor,  Has anyone experienced disappointment in any of the ever growing government agencies? Have any of them broken your trust? How are the “War on Poverty” and the “War on Drugs” working out? Do you vote for an elected official to do a good job for you and then imagine tha...


Tribes acquiring off-reservation land in Federal Trust

Editor, The Treaty of Hellgate, ratified March 8, 1859, Article I. “The said confederated tribes of Indians hereby cede, relinquish, and convey to the United States all their right, title, and interest in and to the country occupied or claimed by them, bounded and described as follows, to wit: &hell...


Volunteers, donations needed at food pantry

Editor, Thank you to all donors to our Mission Valley Food Pantry. We could not keep serving our hungry families without your cash and food donations. The Food Pantry is served by volunteers who spend many hours unloading deliveries, stocking shelves and serving more than 100 families monthly. Our d...


Cheerleaders, football team set great example

Editor, The Greater Polson Community Foundation held its annual Passion for Polson Celebration Saturday evening, Aug.17. The Polson High School cheerleaders helped serve appetizers and dinner to our 150 guests, and several members of the Polson High School football team provided valet parking service. The...


Water rights sold with land

Editor, The plain language of the July 16, 1855 Treaty, approved by Congress March 8, 1859, Article 1, states, “the said Confederated Tribes of Indians hereby cede, relinquish, and convey to the United States all right, title, and interest in and to the country occupied, or claimed by them” .....


Invalid wells raise questions

Editor, The issue was raised recently concerning large scale users of water on the Flathead Reservation other than the irrigators. August 1996 The Montana Supreme Court ruled the state could no longer issue water permits on the Reservation. The state, however, subsequently issued permits for four wells in...


Resisting change based on anger,fear

  Editor, This last week, having no video signal on my TV because of receiver problems, I was forced into renting some movies for a few days, something I rarely ever do. I just finished watching “42,” that great story of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in major le...


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