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Trump Administration Praises MT Water Rights Protection Act as Creating Jobs, Protecting Farmers and Ranchers From $1.3 billion in costs


(Helena, Mont.)—At a hearing this afternoon Senator Steve Daines presented his Montana Water Rights Protection Act to the members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Senator Jon Tester, will define the federally reserved water rights of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and settle the legal claims of the Tribes against the federal government.

The Montana Water Rights Protection Act marks a historic move towards settling the century-long dispute by providing protections for existing water users across Montana and preventing costly litig...

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