Bill provides $527M to settle Crow water rights
A bill to settle the water rights of the Crow Tribe of Montana was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday.

S.3355, the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act, provides $527 million to improve water systems on the reservation. It ensures the tribe has access to water from the Bighorn River and Bighorn Lake.

"Settling our water rights is important for future opportunity and economic prosperity for the Crow Nation," Chairman Carl Venne said in a press release.

The bill will be referred to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, according to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), a member of the committee.

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