by Dr. Ed Berry
They lost – as I said they would – when the Montana Supreme Court heard their case.
Montana’s right-wing “tea party” Republicans fought the Water Compact every step of the way. They claimed it was “unconstitutional.” They claimed it would give Montana’s water to the Indians. They claimed it was unfair.
In Montana’s legislature, they came within one vote of stopping the Water Compact. Had they succeeded, they would have done irreparable economic and social harm to Montana. They would have forced Montanans to pay for a generation of the most costly legal bills in Montana’s history.
Fortunately, mainstream Republicans and Democrats wisely backed the Compact.
I wrote in my book, “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact,” that Compact opponents had no case. I said their “unconstitutional” claim would not pass the Montana Supreme Court. Read my book to understand why the opponents were wrong logically, politically, and legally.
I am as “conservative” as they are, but I don’t go over their right-wing radical cliff.
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled the Compact is constitutional.
Now, it is time for Montana’s US Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte to do what is best for Montana and support Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact.
Here is a copy of today’s article in the Daily Inter Lake.