Alternative Title

Montana Water Rights Settlement (Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes)


Salish, Kootenai


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation


Montana Water Rights Protection Act


Flathead Reservation


Flathead Indian Reservation




Pacific Northwest Region

Document Type

Federal legislation


United States

Publication Date



The purposes of this Act are: (1) to achieve a fair, equitable, and final settlement of claims to water rights in the State of Montana, and in recognition of article I, and section 3 of article IX, of the Montana State Constitution for (A) the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation; and (B) the United States, for the benefit of the Tribes and allottees; (2) to authorize, ratify, and confirm the water rights compact entered into by the Tribes and the State, to the extent that the Compact is consistent with this Act; (3) to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior: (A) to execute the Compact; and (B) to take any other action necessary to carry out the Compact in accordance with this Act; and (4) to authorize funds necessary for the implementation of (A) the Compact; and (B) this Act.


Federal legislation allocating 90,000 acre-feet per year to the Tribes from the Hungry Horse Dam, implementing activities related to the Flathead Indian irrigation project, and restoring beneficial title of lands comprising the National Bison Range to the Tribes for continued bison conservation.


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