CSKT Compact Legal

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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Litigation Process if Montana rejects Compact

by Colleen Coyle, former Senior Water Master, Montana Water Court On December 10, 2014, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (RWRCC), and the United States reached agreement on a revised compact for CSKT reserved water rights. With approval by the RWRCC, the revised compact will be introduced …

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