Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes secure ‘remarkable’ $1.9 billion water rights settlement
Chez Oxendine, Tribal Business News 04 .02. 2021  

Federal legislation enacted at the end of 2020 clears up longstanding tribal claims over water rights in Montana and provides the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes with a historic $1.9 billion windfall.

The settlement, touted as the largest amount ever awarded in a tribal water rights case, paves the way for the CSKT to protect its uses of water in the state while also avoiding expensive ongoing litigation over off-reservation claims against a range of other users, including Montana farmers.

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