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Locals oppose proposed Fort Belknap land transfer in water compact


Photo courtesy Fort Belknap Indian Community

Clouds hang over the Hays Watershed at the south end of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Some people who own land within federally managed land south of the reservation, and other locals, are taking odds with a proposal that the federal government transfer some land back to the reservation as part of its federal water compact.

Some local residents and government officials are up in arms about Fort Belknap Indian Community requesting some additional land so it can manage its water.

More than 100 years after the Grinnell Agreement of 1895, Fort Belknap is working to have 14,496 acres of land in the agreement returned to the reservation as part of federal approval of the Fort Belknap Water Compact.

But people who own land within the boundaries of the proposed transfer are deadset against it happening.

"I don't want to be part of the tribe, period," landowner Dennis Broodbrooks said. "I'm part of the United State...

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