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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 Three Threats of the CSKT Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry The CSKT Water Compact debate includes includes three “threats.” 1. Opponents claim the CSKT “threatens” them. Compact opponents claim the CSKT’s required legal alternative to file 10,000 water rights claims is a “threat.” Compact opponents pound their chests and shout, “No one threatens me! I’ll fight the Injuns in court.” These opponents would stand in …

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Montana Hearing on the CSKT Water Compact

COMPLETE VIDEO of HEARING on the WATER COMPACT SENATE 64th LEGISLATURE – REGULAR SESSION COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY Chairman Scott Sales calls session to Order on February 16, 2015 at 8:00 A.M., in Room 303 Capitol. 0:00:00 – Call to Order/Roll Call 0:01:30 – Implement CSKT water rights settlement – Chas Vincent 0:02:03 – Opening statement by …

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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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