Blackfeet water compact advances in Montana
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is a step closer to approval of its water rights compact.

A Montana House committee approved the compact on Monday, sending it to the full House for a vote. The state Senate will also weigh in.

"It establishes one of the critical elements necessary for the development of a self-sustaining economy of the Blackfeet Reservation, and a permanent homeland for the Blackfeet people," testified vice chairman Roger Running Crane, The Great Falls Tribune reported.

The deal, which quantifies the tribe's water rights and authorizes a water project, will need to be approved by Congress.

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Blackfeet water rights compact a step closer (The Great Falls Tribune 2/17)