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Articles with the Tag: Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission

Water compact bill introduced

HELENA — Republican State Senator Chas Vincent of Libby introduced a bill in the Montana State Legislature Feb. 4 for the ratification of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact. The 140-page Senate Bill 262 is the result of more than a decade of negotiations between the state, tri...

Tribal, state attorneys share compact impact Tribal, state attorneys share compact impact

POLSON — People expecting heated words and clashing opinions at the Feb. 3 Polson City Commission workshop meeting were instead treated to a civil presentation about how the water compact could impact the City of Polson’s municipal wells. Melissa Hornbein, Reserved Water Rights Compact Commiss...

Bipartisan group hears water compact details Bipartisan group hears water compact details

PABLO – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact pending before the legislature has a long history of legal precedent that played into negotiating a settlement between tribal, state, and federal government, tribal and state attorneys told a bipartisan group of listeners last week.  In...

Water compact finalized, public speaks out Water compact finalized, public speaks out

RONAN – State officials were expected to vote Monday night on sending a proposed water compact to the state legislature that would settle the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water claims, after listening sessions were heard in Ronan and Kalispell over the weekend on the matter.  ...

Irrigator board against water compact Irrigator board against water compact

ST. IGNATIUS – In an 8-2 vote the Flathead Joint Board of Control approved a resolution Dec. 30 that voices non-support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact, set to go before the ongoing legislative session.  The board also refused to entertain a motion by one commissioner who...

Water Compact negotiations pushed to the wire Water Compact negotiations pushed to the wire

With a little less than a month left until the state legislature convenes, state, federal, and tribal officials met in Missoula Dec. 1 to hammer out last minute details of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact.  Officials said they were getting closer to agreeing on most elements of the ...

Property liens questioned in irrigation talks Property liens questioned in irrigation talks

A state legislator is pushing for the federal government to answer questions about liens that have remained in place against properties using the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, even though the project’s construction debt was paid off almost a decade ago.  In a Dec. 1 negotiating session of...

State, Tribes, Feds hash out compact

POLSON – State, federal, and tribal leaders seemed to agree on a critical legal aspect of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact at a Nov. 5 negotiating session, although they were still slightly at odds over certain water management priorities.  The negotiating session is one of th...

Proponents, opponents fight to bitter end over water compact recommendations

HELENA – After a half-year and hundreds of hours spent analyzing legal and technical aspects of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact, proponents and opponents of the agreement devoted much of Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 airing the same talking points that have dominated the conversation ...

Attorney resigns as irrigator counsel

Helena attorney Jon Metropoulos gave a verbal resignation to Flathead Joint Board of Control on Sept. 30 after a tense exchange with irrigation commissioners about finalizing a document that spelled out the board’s stance on key elements of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Com...


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