Who's yea and who's nay on the CSKT water compact


January 29, 2020

Eric Dietrich

Montana Free Press

HELENA — Standing before reporters at a press event in the Montana Capitol Jan. 15, State Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, called a long-negotiated water compact between the state of Montana, the federal government, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes “the most divisive issue in modern Montana history.”

While the compact isn’t necessarily a hot-button issue for Montana’s Democrats, that may well be true in Republican circles. 

The compact, approved by the state Legislature in 2015, is an effort to reconcile Montana’s modern water r...

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