by Dr. Ed Berry
In a public letter published on March 1, former Montana Governor Marc Racicot announced his support of the CSKT Water Compact. Racicot was Montana’s governor from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Attorney General.
Racicot confirms the wisdom of supporting the Compact. Governor Racicot confirms the critical facts about the Compact that Compact opponents deny. All Montana’s top attorneys, Republican and Democrat, support the Compact. Only Montana’s Tea-Party Republican radicals lack the wisdom to understand facts and why the Compact will be a significant benefit to Montana.
Here are Governor Racicot’s main points.
The proposed CSKT Compact is the last of many compacts Montana has signed with the Tribes. All compacts have been in the best interests of Montanans.
This Compact, like those that preceded it, is a bipartisan agreement. Both (real) Republicans and Democrats support it. The Compact clarifies the federally reserved water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and ensures nontribal water access and water rights protection.
Attorney General Tim Fox extensively reviewed the Compact and confirmed it complies with the US and Montana Constitutions. Fox confirmed the Compact will help Montanans while its rejection would require the CSKT to seek the clarification of their water rights in the Montana Water Court. [Read more…]