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Flathead Reservation Water Management Board


The Flathead Reservation Water Management Board is an independent board created by the CSKT-Montana water rights compact (MCA 85-20-1901) and the Unitary Administration and Management Ordinance (MCA 85-20-1902 and CSKT Ordinance No. 111-A) to be the exclusive regulatory body for water rights administration on the Flathead Indian Reservation, including the issuance of new water rights and change applications. The Compact became effective on September 17, 2021 which triggered the process laid out in the compact for appointing members of the board. The Governor of the State of Montana, in consultation with county commissioners of counties overlapping the reservation, appoints two members; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Tribal Council appoints two; and the four appointed members select a fifth. The Secretary of the Interior appoints a sixth, non-voting ex officio, member.

The six current members of the board are:

  • Roger Noble (4-year term, appointed by MT)
  • Kenneth Pitt (2-year term, appointed by MT)
  • Clayton Matt (4-year term, appointed by CSKT)
  • Teresa Wall-McDonald (2-year term, appointed by CSKT)
  • Georgia Smies (4-year term, selected by other board members)
  • Brian Mercier (4-year term, interim appointment by Secretary of the Interior)

 

To contact members of the board, please email and we will forward along your correspondence to the board members.

 

Board Meetings

Meeting Date: May 26, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location:
Kwat’aq’nuk Resort and Casino – Polson, MT
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg11
Draft Agenda

Meeting Date: May 19, 2022
3:30 to 4:30 pm
Location:
Virtual
Zoom Link:
https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg10-Admin-Virtual
Agenda

Meeting Date: May 12, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Kwat’aq’nuk Resort and Casino – Polson, MT
Zoom Link:  https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg9
Agenda
Draft Meeting Minutes
Meeting Recording

Meeting Date: April 28, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Ronan Community Center
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg8
Agenda
Draft 60DF-A C-C Checklist
Draft Domestic Allowance Interim Process Flowchart
Draft FWMB Response Letter Form 60DF-A
Draft Form Interim DA PT_A Approval
Draft Interim DA PT_B Completion
Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: April 14, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Kwat’aq’nuk Resort and Casino – Polson, MT
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg7
Agenda

Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: March 31, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Kwat’aq’nuk Resort and Casino – Polson, MT
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg6
Agenda

Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: March 16, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Kwat’aq’nuk Resort and Casino – Polson, MT
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg5
Agenda
Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: March 10, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Virtual Only
CANCELLED

Meeting Date: March 3, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Virtual Only
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg4
Agenda
Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Please note: the March 3, 2022 meeting date is a work session of the board dedicated to an orientation of board members on important aspects of the Compact, Ordinance, and registration process. As a work meeting with no official decisions on the agenda, this will be a virtual-only meeting with no public comment period.

Meeting Date: February 10, 2022
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Ronan Community Center
300 3rd Ave NW, Ronan, MT
Zoom Link option for attending virtually: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg3
Agenda
Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: February 2, 2022
2:00 to 6:30 pm  (Note: the portions open to the public on zoom are 2:00 to 2:30 and 6:00 to 6:30 pm)
Location: Zoom only for the public
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMB-Mtg2
Agenda
Meeting Recording
Approved Meeting Minutes

The second meeting of the FRWMB is primarily for the Board to interview four candidates for selecting the fifth board member. Since interviews of this kind are closed to the public under Montana law, the public part of the meeting (zoom only) will be very brief and limited to a zoom option. After the interviews have taken place, the meeting will re-open to the public on zoom for a brief period where the board members will deliberate on the interviews before concluding. The third meeting on February 9 will return to the normal meeting format with options for in-person and zoom attendance for the entirety of the meeting.

Meeting Date: January 20, 2022 (First meeting of the Flathead Reservation Water Management Board)
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Virtual from the Ronan Community Center
300 3rd Ave NW, Ronan, MT
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FRWMmeeting
Approved Meeting Minutes
The CSKT Water Compact Has Been Enacted

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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