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Articles with the Tag: Water Compact

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring irrigators and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can avoid lengthy and costly adjudication of irrigation rights.  Members...

Daines’ bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act passes Senate committee

News from the Office of Senator Steve Daines  U.S. SENATE – On July 28, U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured passage of his bipartisan bill, the Montana Water Rights Protection Act, out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, clearing the way for a Senate vote on the bill. “For decad...

CSKT Water Compact clears key committee hurdle

News from the Office of Senator Jon Tester  MONTANA – U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s historic Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact cleared a key hurdle on July 29 as it passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.  The bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection...

Commissioner says secrecy surrounds water rights act

Amid all the controversy surrounding Senator Steve Daine’s “Montana Water Right Protection Act,” two facts have become abundantly clear: there will be no disclosure to taxpayers and the public as to how the $1.9-billion-dollar figure attached to the act was arrived at nor, once the money is...

Governor urges swift passage of Water Rights Protection Act in U.S. Senate

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock called for swift passage of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act to ratify the Montana and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact after the bill was heard in the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday, ...

Valley Views

Mission and Jocko districts oppose Daines’ 3019 bill and have sent four letters to him in the last year with no response, with our concerns, asking for a meeting. Our opposition comes from the unconstitutional takings of property rights and the Unitary Management Board that take us out of Montana an...

Valley Views

While no one can begrudge a local government for wanting to protect the interests of their residents, it is a different scenario entirely when they are criticizing the very legislation that will protect their constituents from years of costly litigation and uncertainty. Contrary to claims made by the Lake...

Fact-based knowledge helps

Editor, I have been following letters and articles regarding the water compact. Much of the divisiveness on this issue appears to be based on lack of knowledge. Someone famous (I cannot remember who) said something like, “Knowledge is the cure for ignorance.” I am not so concerned if people ar...

Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT Water Compact Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT Water Compact

MONTANA — Standing before reporters at a press event in the Montana Capitol on Jan. 15, State Sen. Al Olszewski called a long-negotiated water compact between the state of Montana, the federal government, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes “the most divisive issue in modern Montana h...


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