. In Case You Missed It – Bill Would Revise Appropriations In Blackfeet Water Compact « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – Specifically, House Bill 141 would provide a revised statutory appropriation and establish an effective date of July 1, 2023. It has a fiscal note of $2 million and came at the request of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Signed in 2016 by President Barack Obama, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act allocated $471 million in federal funding for improvements to watersheds and job creation for members of the Blackfeet Nation. The settlement focused on improved water usage on the reservation for supplies, irrigation, fisheries, recreation and other things. Jones, a Republican representing Conrad, said the original language of the compact did not include certain appropriations.


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