by Senator Verdell Jackson, Kalispell, Montana
This is a response to Representative Daniel Salomon who used Compact Commission talking points instead of facts to rebut my recently submitted letter to the editor on the problems I see with the proposed Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) water compact.
Equal protection under the law is guaranteed in our Constitutional Republic by the Montana and U.S. Constitutions. This means that all the laws apply equally to citizens, and does not mean, as Salomon states “everyone is treated equally under the new Tribal Unitary Management Ordinance” that would control water administration on the reservation.
Montana manages river flows and administers water rights for the benefits of its citizens and is accountable to the rule of law developed by the legislature.
Montana cannot turn over its constitutional and statutory responsibilities to a sovereign nation with its own constitution and different laws that have no accountability to the Montana legislature or its citizens. It violates the equal protection clauses of the U.S. and Montana Constitutions. [Read more…]