Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, Zinke Put Water Deal Into Effect

News Type: State, Federal Source: Flathead Beacon
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Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department have put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims for the northwestern Montana tribe that was decades in the making.

Blackfeet Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed documents Tuesday in Washington D.C. implementing the agreement. Negotiations on the deal began in the 1980s.

Barnes said in a statement that the settlement will empower the tribe and help preserve its culture.