Montana governor to fight tribe's riverbed rights

Montana Gov. Judy Martz (R) has decided to join a fight challenging the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's ownership of half a riverbed even though she is nearly out of office.

Martz said she will ask a federal court to allow the governor's office to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a drilling company. She claims the state owns 100 percent of the Tongue River bed but the federal government says the tribe owns half.

Martz, who is not seeking re-election after one term, acted after Democrats on the state land board outvoted Republicans in staying out of the dispute.

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