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CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

If the Act passes, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will relinquish claims to off-reservation water rights and regain control of the National Bison Range on the Flathead Indian Reservation, ending a contentious years-long debate


Last updated 7/30/2020 at 11:24am

Chris Aadland

Montana Free Press

A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee Wednesday, the next step in ensuring irrigators and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can avoid lengthy and costly adjudication of irrigation rights. 

Members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee passed the Montana Water Rights Protection Act on Wednesday afternoon, the first action federal lawmakers have taken on the bill since it was introduced by Montana Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., in December. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., co-sponsored the...

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