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Articles with the Tag: Water Compact

Resolution supports water compact

Editor, A resolution in support of the CSKT-Montana Water Compact originated in July at the Lake County Conservation District with full support of the members. It then advanced to the Area 5 October meeting. After receiving approval at the area meeting, it advanced to the state-wide meeting in Kalispell. ...

Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact

MONTANA — Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  First in a Nov. 18 letter from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to Montana S...

Water Rights Compact is good for agriculture

MONTANA – The success of Montana’s agriculture industry is dependent upon water and water right certainty. It is easily the single most important resource for people across Montana, which is why ratification of the negotiated Montana CSKT Water Compact is critical. Contrary to what compact opp...

Supporting water compact

Editor, We (the Lake family) and most of our neighbors on the Flathead Indian Reservation support the CSKT water compact. It protects our state-based water claims, it provides certainty that we will have water to continue farming, it provides money to improve the aging infrastructure of our water project,...

Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification

ST. IGNATIUS – Several topics were addressed during the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including the CSKT-MT Water Compact, although the most time sensitive topic focused on election ballots. It was said that irrigators should have received an envelope in the mail contai...

Irrigators may need notarized form to vote Irrigators may need notarized form to vote

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control discussed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the State of Montana’s water compact during their regular board meeting Nov. 14. The FJBC alleged that the ...

Tester: budget cuts would hurt rural America Tester: budget cuts would hurt rural America

RONAN – United States Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana), stopped in Ronan to share his views on issues from healthcare to water rights on Wednesday, May 31. Tester said President Trump’s first proposed budget cuts a lot of federally funded programs, which if approved will negatively impact everyo...

Blackfeet approve water agreement

News from the Blackfeet Nation BROWNING — A majority of Blackfeet Nation voters Thursday approved a water rights agreement with Montana and the United States. An unofficial count had 75 percent of the votes in favor, approving the Blackfeet Water Compact and Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Ac...

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Irrigation board supports fourth district Irrigation board supports fourth district

ST. IGNATIUS — Several issues were discussed during the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14. FJBC Commissioner Jennifer Kaplan was sworn in as the meeting got started. She is now one of the representatives for the Jocko District. Commissioner Ted Hein asked the FJBC to vot...


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