Compact Proponents

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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JR Iman: Vote for the Compact

by JR Iman, President, Painted Rocks Water Users Association The Bitterroot Valley includes a diverse community of businesses and a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. A fundamental requirement to business success and property values alike is an assurance that core assets are viable and reasonably reliable year after year. For those of us involved in Bitterroot …

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John Crowley: Support the Compact

by John Crowley, Manager, Bitter Root Irrigation District, ​Corvallis, Montana Standing up for what is right isn’t always easy, and with an issue as contentious and important as water use, there is bound to be conflict and disagreement—which is why I think Senator Fred Thomas deserves to be thanked for his service to Montana and for his …

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Karen & Glen Raisland: Support the Compact

by Karen & Glen Raisland, St Ignatius, Montana It is no secret that water rights are essential to many Montanans. This is why the CSKT Water Compact is so important. In 1855, when the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes entered into a treaty (The Treaty of Hellgate) with the United States government, the Flathead Indian Reservation was …

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Alfred DuMontier: Support the Compact

by Alfred DuMontier, Arlee, Montana Nobody should have to waste their hard earned money on unnecessary and avoidable litigation. Not passing the CSKT Water Compact will make it necessary for water users to appear in court to defend their water rights. This will cost taxpayers millions and individual farmers and ranchers thousands, not to mention the decades …

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Walt Sales: Support the Compact

by Walt Sales, Manhatta​n, ​Montana The future of our water resources hangs in the balance. The decision that legislators make on the CSKT Water Compact will either provide water and property rights certainty or condemn thousands of farmers, ranchers, and irrigators to decades of legal battles and millions of dollars of unnecessary legal costs. Unfortunately, out-of-state activists …

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Montana and CSKT support Water Compact

Farmers, ranchers, irrigators, and water users from across the Flathead Valley gathered this afternoon to show their support of the CSKT Water Compact. Nearly fifty individuals attended to listen to Governor Bullock’s address to the CSKT Tribal Council on legislative progress, including the status of the CSKT Water Compact. “I’m here simply to show my …

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Hertha Lund: Why I support the Compact

by Attorney Hertha Lund, published in Western Ag Reporter on March 12, 2015, PDF here.  There are few rural Montanans who haven’t heard about the CSKT Water Compact. I’m a Montana rancher and lawyer who is working for a group of Montana irrigators. My clients support the Compact and believe its approval is essential to their future …

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Governor Marc Racicot supports Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry In a public letter published on March 1, former Montana Governor Marc Racicot announced his support of the CSKT Water Compact. Racicot was Montana’s governor from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Attorney General. Racicot confirms the wisdom of supporting the Compact. Governor Racicot confirms the critical facts about the Compact that …

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Senate Judiciary Passes CSKT Water Compact with Strong Bipartisan Support

(Helena, Mont.)—This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 262, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Water Compact, with strong bipartisan support in a 8-4 vote in favor of the Compact. The bill passage comes after extensive education efforts undertaken by bill sponsor Senator Chas Vincent on the benefits that passing the Compact will have for …

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Governor Bullock, Attorney General Fox, Agriculture Groups & Water Users support Compact

Governor Bullock, Attorney General Fox, Agriculture Groups & Water Users Support Compact (Helena, Mont.)—This morning the first legislative hearing on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact, a bipartisan agreement to define tribal water rights and protect Montana water users, was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where farmers, ranchers, and irrigators from across …

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Farmers and Ranchers for Montana support CSKT Water Compact

by Farmers and Ranchers for Montana (Helena, Mont.)—Tom Beck, the former State Senate President and a Republican rancher from the Deer Lodge area, has joined Farmers And Ranchers for Montana (FARM) as a co-chair to support the CSKT Water Compact and help educate Montanans about the benefits of the Compact. By joining FARM, Beck is …

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Future of Montana agriculture depends on CSKT water compact

by Farmers and Ranchers for Montana Farmers and ranchers depend on our water to irrigate our crops, to water our livestock, to care for our families, and to run our businesses. Water doesn’t just play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, it is central to our ability to exist and maintain our livelihoods. The …

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Official Opinion of Attorney General Tim Fox on CSKT Water Compact

On January 30, 2015, Dale Schowengerdt, State Solicitor, presented the official opinion of Attorney General Tim Fox on the Constitutionality of the CSKT Water Compact. 1.      The CSKT Water Compact does not take anyone’s water rights. Brief Answer: It is very unlikely that a court would consider the Compact to be a taking under the …

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