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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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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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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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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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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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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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CSKT Water Compact passes Senate, heads to House

The Montana State Senate voted to pass the CSKT Water Compact (SB 262) by a vote of 31-19. The vote comes after the extensive educational efforts of bill sponsor and former Water Policy Interim Committee Chairman, Senator Chas Vincent who provided legislators with not only copies of the bill, but summaries, guides, and other materials …

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Your vote on the Water Compact will define you, forever

by Dr. Ed Berry Montana legislators, you have met your “Robert Frost” moment. Your vote on the CSKT Water Compact will choose the road you will live with the rest of your life. Montana Republican legislators are split as never before. Emotions are ballistic. The sides are clearly defined and I can make some predictions. The …

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Summary of Proposed CSKT Water Compact

The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission published the following summary here on January 8, 2015. NO Compact opponent has identified any conflict between this summary and the complete Compact. Therefore, you may read this Summary for accurate information about the proposed Compact and save yourself a ton of time. I removed from the original the completed Next Steps. – …

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CSKT Water Compact legislation introduced

by Farmers and Ranchers for Montana (HELENA)- The future of the Flathead Water Compact is now in the hands of the Legislature, following formal introduction of a bill calling on lawmakers to endorse the controversial pact. This is the second time the proposed settlement of water rights under the 1855 Hellgate Treaty has come before …

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