Montana judge rejects challenge to Blackfeet Water Compact

Montana judge rejects challenge to Blackfeet Water Compact

News Type: State, Federal Source: KULR
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A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge to a water-rights compact between the Blackfeet Indian Tribe, the state of Montana and the U.S. government.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said in a ruling Friday the lawsuit challenging the Blackfeet tribe’s business council’s authority to negotiate and ratify the compact is a matter of tribal law that must be taken up in tribal court.

Morris says tribal sovereignty would effectively be destroyed if federal courts start interpreting tribal law and constitutions.