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CSKT Claim Filing Information and Maps


The CSKT-Montana Compact became Montana law on April 24, 2015, with the signature of Governor Steve Bullock. In accordance with Montana law, including Mont. Code Ann. §§ 85-2-217 and 85-2-702(3), the United States and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed separate and independent claims for water rights for the Tribes in Montana's general stream adjudication. It is important to note that the respective parties intend for these claims to be adjudicated only if the Compact fails to be finally approved by the U.S. Congress, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, or the Montana Water Court. The Unites States and CSKT filings each claim on-reservation and off-reservation water rights.  In addition, both filed claims to water rights for the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.

The Tribes and the United States have both petitioned the Montana Water Court to stay all proceedings on these recently filed claims, including claims examination, while efforts to ratify the CSKT-Montana Compact move forward at the federal and tribal levels.  While these recently filed claims, like all claims filed in the Adjudication, are entitled to a presumption of validity under Mont. Code Ann. § 85-2-227(1), Article VII of the Compact provides that if the Compact is finally decreed by the Water Court, the Tribes and the United States will dismiss these recently filed claims.  Moreover, if the Water Court declines to grant a stay or subsequently lifts it, there will be public notice of the entry of these claims in one or more preliminary decrees and of the opportunity to file objections whenever a preliminary decree including any of these claims is issued by the Court.  See Mont. Code Ann. §§ 85-2-232 and -233.

See the “CSKT-Montana Compact vs. Claims” story map link on the right-hand side of this page for a visual comparison of Compact rights vs. rights in the claim filings.


CSKT Claim Filing Maps


DNRC's Analysis of Non-Compact Off-Reservation Instream Claims - Adjudicated Absent a Compact

Map of Basins in Which the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have Filed Water Rights Claims - June 25, 2015

Map of Basins in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - Montana Compact - July 1, 2015

CSKT-Montana Compact vs. CSKT Claims

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CSKT Story Map

The Story of Montana's Reserved Water Right Compacts

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Compact Story Map