by Dr. Ed Berry
This is the story of how Montana’s Compact Commission protected Montana’s Flathead Valley water from calls by Idaho, Oregon, and Washington by assigning this water to the CSKT with an agreement by the CSKT to not call this water.
This is the story of how Montana’s evangelical Tea Party legislators killed the Compact, the only water protection Montana could ever get, and thereby let water barons sell Montana’s Flathead water to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
This is the story of how Montana’s evangelical Tea Party MORONS fell into the water barons’ trap and lost Montana’s water forever and caused Montana to perish in the 2020 to 2045 mega drought.
One hundred sixty years ago, in 1855, the CSKT signed the Hellgate Treaty with the US Government.
This treaty gave the tribes certain water rights. In 1889, Montana became a state with the restriction that its water was subject to the water rights reserved by the US Government for the tribes.
In the 1970’s the US Government assisted the tribes to perfect their water rights in court. The 1979 Legislature postponed these lawsuits when it created the Compact Commission to conclude water negotiations with the Indian tribes.
This made Montana the only state to have the right to negotiate Compacts with the tribes. Other states envied Montana. That is until Montana’s 2015 legislature went berzerk and killed the CSKT Compact.
On April 14, 2015, Montana’s House Judiciary Committee voted 11 NO to 10 YES to kill the Compact.
With only one option left, Compact supporters used their “Silver bullet” to bring the Compact to the house floor. But now, it would take 61 votes to approve the Compact in the House.
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