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Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement


December 13, 2019

John S. Adams

Montana Free Press

Montana U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced Wednesday the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.

Tester, a Democrat, first introduced federal legislation in 2016 to ratify the CSKT-Montana compact passed by the 2015 Montana Legislature, but that legislation stalled without bipartisan support. Daines, a Republican, is now the lead sponsor of the new bill, the Montana Water Rights Protection Act, and w...

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