Archive for November 27th, 2012

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are one of the last reservations in Montana to draw up a water compact to officially define its water rights.

Ulitmately, it must be OK’d by the Montana legislature. The compact has been drafted and is up for public review now, a process that has so far shown that many aren’t happy with the compact draft.

Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin reports on what worries that residents are raising:

    ST. IGNATIUS – You don’t have to go far to find people who aren’t happy with – and some who flat out oppose – the proposed water compact between Montana, the United States and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that’s up for public review right now.

    Many are people who grow and raise your food.

    A lot of Mission Valley farmers and ranchers fear the water they’ll be allotted if the compact goes through will cripple their operations.

    Some say it will do worse than that.

    “The end is near, no doubt about it,” says Harley Hettick of Dixon, who has grown melons for nearly a quarter of a century on his farm on the Flathead Reservation. “Dixon Melons is just about history.”

    “You’re hanging us out to dry,” rancher Jerry Laskody says.

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