LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today joined members of the Blackfeet Nation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Montana’s congressional delegation to sign the historic Blackfeet Water Compact.
As a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester originally sponsored the Blackfeet Water Compact in 2010 and guided it to the President’s desk to be signed into law in 2016. The compact is the product of over 30 years of negotiations between the Tribe, local communities, the State of Montana and the federal government.
It will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation, construct and restore water infrastructure and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses in the surrounding area.
“The Blackfeet Water Compact reaffirms water rights, saves taxpayers from costly litigation, and invests in critical water infrastructure in northwest Montana,” Tester said. “I was proud to have introduced and fought for this bill in Congress and will continue to hold Congress accountable to the Blackfeet Nation to secure the funding needed to carry out this historic agreement. I want to congratulate Chairman Barnes and the Blackfeet people on the culmination of years of hard work.”
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