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Articles with the Tag: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users

POLSON — “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting” says an old cowboy platitude, and the latest “fight” took place in Twentieth District Court Judge C. B. McNeil’s courtroom on Feb. 14.   McNeil heard arguments from plaintiff attorney Brian Shuck represe...

Mack Days might be over Mack Days might be over

After a 12-year run, the twice-annual fishing event aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population and increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout populations may be coming to an end.  A statement on the Mack Days website reads, “The prospects for future contests will be deter...

Compact an ‘illegal grabbing’ of rights

Editor, The waters in our Western Montana mountains flowing through our streams and rivers, the crystal-clear lakes and reservoirs all are gifts of God to our residents. One cannot help but marvel at how our ranchers, farmers and other settlers, including our orchard owners, have taken advantage and de...

Tribes have done ‘everything possible’ to avoid litigation

After decades of contention, our community has a bright spot on our horizon, a completed water rights compact that can pass through the state legislature, then Congress and Tribal Council. A necessary component of the compact, an irrigation agreement, is still pending. By agreeing on a solution, we all av...

Brochure on irrigation agreement incomplete

We assume all irrigators received their informational brochure from the Flathead Joint Board of Control over the weekend, as we did. Considering how contentious the water use agreement has been among irrigators and how divided they are, it was astonishing that the brochure was 100-percent positive about the ...

Misinformation circulating on water agreement

There is a lot of misinformation being circulated as to why the proposed Flathead Water Use Agreement and Compact should be rejected. Unfortunately, this includes the misinformation being promoted by three FJBC commissioners last week. Here are the facts regarding the claims they made in their letter:  ...

Proposed irrigation water use agreement released

Negotiators for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Joint Board of Control, and the United States have developed a proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement for consideration by the organizations they represent. The FIIP Water Use Agreement is a critical piece o...

Local tribal youth invited to play all-star basketball

Each year, the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority sponsors two high school basketball teams (10 girls and 10 boys) to participate in the AMERIND All West Native American Basketball Classic in Lakewood, Colo. This year the event has been scheduled for April 5–7.   Scholarship The Mark...

Dry weather encourages fire activity Dry weather encourages fire activity

Three fires are burning on the Flathead Reservation. The Mollman Fire was active Monday and Tuesday. The fire picked up about 2 p.m. both days and actively burned. Fire spread is low to moderate since the majority of the fire is trying to work its way through the grass that was burned in 2003. One ho...

Fires ablaze on Flathead Reservation

Three fires currently are burning on the Flathead Reservation, according to Devlin LaFrombois at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of Fire.  On the south fork of the Jocko River, the Whitehorse Lake fire is the largest of the three and had burned 230 acres as of Sept. 15. Mollma...


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