Compact will provide certainty for water users, boost economy, protect irrigators’ rights
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced the last Montana Tribal water rights settlement to the United States Senate — the The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021.
The Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) water rights settlement will ratify the FBIC water compact with the State of Montana, establish resources for critical water infrastructure development, provide for Tribal and non-Tribal irrigation rights, and return sacred FBIC lands to federal trust. Tester first introduced the settlement in