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The conservative case for the CSKT water compact

by Cory Swanson, Guest opinion, Daily Inter Lake July 29, 2018. In 2015, the Montana Legislature ratified the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water compact with Montana, which settled all water rights claimed by the tribes under the 1855 Hellgate Treaty. This was the culmination of a multi-year negotiation process between Montana’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission …

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Montana Supreme Court upholds CSKT Compact

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. …

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The Story of Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact

by Dr. Edwin Berry The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact may be the most important and controversial political issue in Montana’s history. This Montana story is not just about the Compact. This story is about the split in the Republican Party. Before November 2014, I opposed the Compact because I followed my conservative …

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How “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact” explains the Republican Party

by Dr. Edwin Berry “Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact: The Truth about the Compact and the Republican Party” is available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon. The story of Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact reveals, like no other true story, the nature of the split in the Republican Party. This story needs to be told, and …

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House Leader Keith Regier made bad decisions

by Dr. Edwin Berry Montana House Majority Leader Keith Regier (R) tried to defeat Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact in 2015. He almost succeeded. Had he succeeded, he would have done serious damage to the State of Montana and to Montana citizens. Termed out of Montana’s House, Regier is now running for the Montana Senate …

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Why CSKT Water Compact made sense for Montana

by Dr. Ed Berry, also posted in The Daily Inter Lake of November 29 Jerry O’Neil (October 20) asked two questions of Governor Bullock, Attorney General Fox, Congressman Zinke, Senator Vincent, Rep. Perry of HD 3, and me. His questions, the first by implication, are: Is the Water Compact constitutional? How does the Compact affect recreational water …

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Regier should support CSKT Water Compact for the ‘Greater Good’

by Dr. Ed Berry Montanans do not support Rep. Keith Regier’s values. Rep. Keith Regier’s reply to my letter of October 4 (see below) shows a good candidate can defeat him in his next election. By his own admission, Regier could not understand my October 4 letter. He may not understand this one either. Regier …

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Very Conservative Evangelicals are bad for GOP

by Dr. Ed Berry (also published in Daily Inter Lake, October 4, 2015) Former Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher and Montana House Majority Leader Keith Regier have ignited a battle over conservative ideology. ( See their opinion letters in the Daily Inter Lake, September 9 and 13, respectively, also republished for your convenience below.) Their battle is part of the ideological …

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Republican PSC plays high-stakes political game

by Dr. Ed Berry On September 5, 2015, the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) held a ceremony in Pablo, Montana. Their ceremony recognized their purchase of the now “Salish Kootenai” Dam. Their purchase was under the terms of the agreement they negotiated with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1985.

CSKT Compact opponents reveal their True Colors

by Dr. Ed Berry Opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact will meet Saturday, September 26, 2015, in Kalispell’s Red Lion Inn. Their Conference reveals their true colors. They have openly aligned themselves with the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), the foremost anti-Indian hate group in America.

CSKT will celebrate their acquisition of Kerr Dam

by Dr. Ed Berry Tomorrow, September 5, the CSKT will become the first tribes in America to own and operate a major hydroelectric facility. It will be an historic event. I will attend. Predictably, three right-wing radicals filed a lawsuit on September 2 in Washington, D.C., to prevent this transfer of ownership to the tribes. You can read their …

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Can Fanning’s Rightwing Radicals stop the CSKT Water Compact?

by Dr. Ed Berry On May 21, 2015, Robert Fanning, Elaine Willman, and other dissatisfied opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact met in Billings, Montana, with New York lawyer Larry Kogan. They hope to block the Compact in Congress. On June 2, 2015, Fanning formed Regulatory Lawfare Relief, LLC (RAR), …

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Catherine Vandemoer’s flawed legal analyses

by Attorney Hertha Lund There she goes again. Catherine Vandemoer’s recent column illustrates why Montanans should not trust someone to practice law without a license, who needs to build a citizens’ group for her income. Ms. Vandemoer’s constant mistruths and self-serving rantings have been very bad for Montana agriculture. In her recent rant, Ms. Vandemoer questioned …

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Montana Governor Signs CSKT Water Compact

Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick, bill sponsor Sen. Chas Vincent, and Tribal Chairman Vernon Finley watch Montana Governor Steve Bullock sign SB 262.  SB 262 is the water use agreement, or Compact, between Montana, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and federal government. (Photo by Billings Gazette, May 6, 2015) Next, the Tribal Council must approve the Compact and the Montana …

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Thanks to Legislators who passed the Compact

by Ken Cornelius, ​Ronan, MT​ In many ways the passage of the CSKT Water Compact is proof of the effectiveness of our legislative process. After the failure of the 2013 Compact, members of the legislature, along with tribal members, irrigators, farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders from across the state joined forces to find a workable solution …

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CSKT Water Compact Passes House, 53-47

This is the April 15th Montana Miracle. Those who backed the Compact won an intense procedural battle today that resulted in needing only 51 votes to pass the Compact on the second reading. We await the final vote on the third reading. – Ed by Shelby DeMars (Helena, Mont.)—After hours of debate, the CSKT Water Compact passed 2nd reading in …

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