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By Cory Swanson
Broadwater County Attorney 

The Conservative Case for the CSKT Water Compact


March 15, 2018

In 2015, the Montana Legislature ratified the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) –Water Compact with Montana, which settled all water rights claimed by the CSKT under the 1855 Hellgate Treaty. This was the culmination of a multi-year negotiation process between Montana’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the CSKT. The final step in the implementation of the CSKT Compact is ratification by the United States Congress.

The federal ratification debate has inevitably turned political and now many of the arguments over this Compact which raged in 2014-2015 have returned...

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