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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Joint Board of Control

Irrigation board to participate in water compact negotiations

ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Joint Board of Control worked last week to create a document that will articulate exactly what its members want included in and excluded from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact. The state attorney general and governor’s office have offered to ...

FJBC authorizes expert to testify in court case, legislature FJBC authorizes expert to testify in court case, legislature

ST. IGNATIUS — Time and money are short as the Flathead Joint Board of Joint Control tries to prioritize its involvement in four court cases and negotiation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact. At its Sept. 18 board meeting, the board’s commissioners were divided on whether o...

Irrigation administrative fees almost double Irrigation administrative fees almost double

RONAN – Members of the Flathead Joint Board of Control nearly doubled the administrative assessments of irrigators last week, saying the increase was necessary to build a war chest to fund specialized legal services required in several lawsuits the board is pursuing, and potential action in regards to ...

Will water compact impact cause economy to dry up or stay afloat? Will water compact impact cause economy to dry up or stay afloat?

The melted droplets flowing from snow-packed peaks have carved a course through western Montana that people have used to build civilization and economies for millennia.  First, native people utilized the fish, mammals, and plants that drank from and lived in the flowing waters to sustain their popula...

Education vs litigation: Water Compact proponents, opponents take different approaches Education vs litigation: Water Compact proponents, opponents take different approaches

WESTERN MONTANA – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes hosted a day-long informational session for state legislators in Helena last week about a proposed water compact that would impact much of western Montana.  At the same time, irrigators of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project expresse...

Off-reservation rights discussion dominates hearing

HELENA – At an interim state legislative interim Water Policy Committee meeting last week, irrigators spoke both in favor of and against conceding off-reservation water rights to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in a proposed water compact that was re-opened for narrow negotiation last week....

Water compact negotiations to reopen

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Negotiations of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Rights Compact are set to re-open soon, according to authorities and correspondence between the Tribes and Governor Steve Bullock. Negotiations will be tailored to strictly address the Water Use Agreement that i...

Mission Irrigation District restructures; evaporated Joint Board reformation underway  Mission Irrigation District restructures; evaporated Joint Board reformation underway

Mission Irrigation District underwent a major change in direction on April 21, as two new commissioners were sworn in and the district obtained new legal counsel. The district also voted to align itself with the Flathead Irrigation District in an attempt to reform the Flathead Board of Joint Control or a ...

Mission Irrigation District on hunt for missing records

ST. IGNATIUS — Documents that could play a critical role in various lawsuits pertaining to water rights disputes on the Flathead Reservation are missing from the Mission Irrigation District’s files. Last week the district’s staff and commissioners asked people to come forward if they have a...

Only 5 vote difference in FJBC election

POLSON —  Results of a mail election polling Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators have been canvassed and the final figures are close — 36,593 for and 36,588 against.  Irrigators may have one to several hundred votes based on how many irrigable acres they own. The irrigat...


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