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The critical 2015 Montana legislative session

by Senator Verdell Jackson, Kalispell, Montana The 2015 Montana legislative session will be the most important session since I was elected to the Montana House in 1999.  The CSKT water compact, the impact of government controlled health care, pensions deficits, the lowest wages in the nation, high cost of energy and skyrocketing taxes are just …

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Proposed CSKT Compact is Unconstitutional

by Senator Verdell Jackson, Kalispell, Montana   The Hell Gate Treaty for the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) secured the “right to take fish in common with the citizens of the Territory”, not a water right; otherwise, a group of Montana citizens could get a water right to protect their favorite place to fish. The …

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Proposed CSKT Water Compact Violates Montana and US Constitutions

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 …

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Senator Jackson: CSKT Water Compact is flawed

[See my rebuttal to Senator Verdell Jackson’s post here. – Ed] by Senator Verdell Jackson, Kalispell, Montana The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) proposed Water Compact should protect existing uses of water both on and off the reservation. The existing human impact on the 8.4 million acre feet of water flowing down the Flathead River each …

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