As the Montana Water Rights Protection Act awaits action in Washington, D.C., here’s where key players stand.
“This discussion that the water is a treaty right is wrong,” Olszewski said Wednesday.
Montana Water Rights Protection Act would settle more than a century of disputes.
While the exact language of the bill has not yet been made public, a draft obtained by Montana Free Press reverses a 111-year-old act of Congress that took the lands comprising the Bison Range from the tribes.
‘We’ve reached a historic compromise on a century-old dispute that protects the water rights of all Montanans,’ Daines said Thursday.
‘I’m in this game to win it,’ Olszewski says. ‘I am not going to peel off and become arm candy for Congressman Gianforte.’
Montana DNRC director calls Interior chief’s support for compact “historic.”