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Federal officials endorse CSKT Water Compact

Wednesday, November 27, 2019  
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One of the state’s final remaining tribal water agreements received support in November from the U.S. Interior Department and Attorney General William Barr.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact passed the state Legislature in 2015 after more than a decade of negotiation. It settles water rights in and around the Flathead Reservation. Now the U.S. Congress must approve it.

Montana Public Radio reports that a Nov. 18 memo from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., that criticisms about the compact raised by a citizens group had been addressed in negotiations.

On Nov. 22, Attorney General Barr said he, too trusts the lengthy negotiations that went into forming the CSKT Water Compact.

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