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Articles with the Tag: Water rights

Legislation offers chance to file claims

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA, Mont. – As part of its work to implement House Bill 110 (HB110), which was passed by the 65th Legislature, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is notifying all property owners in the state of...

FJBC addresses election issues, fills vacated commissioner seat during meeting FJBC addresses election issues, fills vacated commissioner seat during meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – Dave Vincent was sworn in to serve on the Flathead Joint Board of Control on Tuesday, April 18, during the regular meeting that addressed election issues, water rights adjudication, an employee resignation, and high school scholarships. Commissioner Vincent was chosen by the Flathead ...

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...

Irrigation board contemplates budget Irrigation board contemplates budget

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control is considering hiring a consulting firm to help sort out the issues with the water rights adjudication process before the issue goes to Montana Water Court. “We are here today because a couple months ago the DNRC sent out letters with adjudica...

Judge rules on legislature’s vote regarding water compact

LAKE COUNTY – District Judge James Manley ruled the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Water Compact to be unconstitutional concerning a certain section regarding immunity. The Flathead Joint Board of Control brought the lawsuit against the State of Montana. “We value our const...

Montana Water Court deadlines may complicate compact journey

LAKE COUNTY – As the Water Rights Compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes makes its way through the federal branch of government in the United States Congress, several deadlines could complicate the journey. Gov. Steve Bullock signed the bill at the state level in April 2015 containi...

Irrigation commissioners refuse to pass BIA-suggested assessment

ST. IGNATIUS — Irrigation commissioners for the Flathead Joint Board of Control refused to increase assessments on their constituents last week, despite a request from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to do so. It is unclear what the ramifications of not instating the 29 percent operations and maintenan...

Lawyer to speak on Montana water rights

ST. IGNATIUS — Attorney Lawrence Kogan will be the keynote speaker on upcoming congressional action regarding the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact. He and other authorities will appear Tuesday, Aug.11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Altitude Bar in St. Ignatius, Montana. A no-host bar will b...

Irrigation project short on water, implements shut off Irrigation project short on water, implements shut off

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Indian Irrigation Project began implementing water shut offs last week and conditions are only expected to get worse in the coming months, according to a report issued by Bureau of Indian Affairs Project Manager Pete Plant.  “FIIP expects the lack of precipitat...

Joint board will ask for delay in compact implementation Joint board will ask for delay in compact implementation

POLSON — In a conference hearing on Tuesday, attorneys for the Flathead Joint Board of Control told Lake County District Court Judge James Manley that the board intends to file for an injunction to halt ongoing implementation of parts of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact passed earlier...


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