CSKT will celebrate their acquisition of Kerr Dam

by Dr. Ed Berry

CSKT_LogoTomorrow, 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 lawsuit here.

They asked the U.S. District Court to issue

an emergency Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) and preliminary injunction prohibiting the Federal Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) from authorizing, approving and facilitating the scheduled September 5, 2015, conveyance of the Kerr Hydroelectric Project, Project No. 5 (“Kerr Project”) to the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation (“CSKT” or “Tribes”) …

Their hearing was today. The judge did not issue a TRO. He will hear arguments from both sides in November.

The plaintiffs are former Montana Senator Verdell Jackson (R), Senator Bob Keenan (R), and Bill Myers in behalf of his business, Pointer Enterprises. All three also opposed the CSKT Water Compact. Keenan owns the Bigfork Inn. Also in Bigfork, Myers gives boat rides to tourists.

The plaintiffs do not represent the majority of Republicans or the Republican Party. I doubt the plaintiffs are using their own money. I suspect a more wealthy, unmentioned third party pays attorney Larry Kogan. It would be nice to know whether the money behind the lawsuit came from Montana or from outside Montana.

As a legal amateur with some experience in reading lawsuits, I find the claims in this lawsuit ludicrous. I look forward to reading what the CSKT attorneys write in reply.

Their lawsuit is based on speculation. Like a good mystery novel, they assume the Turkish government and Turkish-American organizations will make deals with the CSKT.

The deals will “promote their brand of Islam on reservations.”

The deals will include getting uranium deposits and water sources to produce yellowcake for use in bombs.

The lawsuit says,

“It is quite possible that the Turkish government, sponsored Turkish business enterprises, and affiliated terrorist groups or members may be seeking access to such expertise for possible acquisition and use of incendiary devices to compromise Kerr dam and/or other off-reservation targets.”

Their claims are unsupported illusions. Like their objections to the CSKT Water Compact, their claims have no basis in fact. The plaintiffs throw spaghetti at the wall to see if any of it sticks. I predict it won’t.

You can read more about the event here, and about the lawsuit here.

Here is your invitation to attend:

CSKT_Invitation

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