US Senate approves Blackfeet water settlement
Posted September 16
BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. Senate has approved a $420 million water rights settlement with Montana's Blackfeet American Indian tribe as part of the larger Water Resources Development Act.
Thursday's vote sends the act to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it must pass before the year ends.
The settlement proposes to rehabilitate the Four Horns Dam and Blackfeet Irrigation Project and make other improvements on the Blackfeet tribe's northwestern Montana reservation.
Negotiations on the agreement began more than 30 years ago. It was approved by the Montana Legislature in 2009.
Prior attempts failed to advance the settlement through Congress. The administration of President Barack Obama objected to its original price tag of $591 million.