Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes http://mtpr.org en Susan Harness http://mtpr.org/post/susan-harness <p>6/17/14: This week on "<a href="http://inotherwordsradio.com/" target="_blank">In Other Words</a>:"</p><p>Producer Ann Szalda-Petree talks with cultural anthropologist <a href="http://www.susandevanharness.com/" target="_blank">Susan Harness</a> (Colorado State University) about the historical and spiritual trauma of transracial adoption–mainly, adoption of American Indian children by whites. Harness herself was adopted off the Flathead Reservation and draws from her own experience to help others understand what it’s like to be a transracial adoptee.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20058 at http://mtpr.org Susan Harness The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled http://mtpr.org/post/last-water-rights-settlement-tribal-land-montana-still-unsettled <p>While water rights lawsuits bop around state and federal courthouses there is technically no legal method of drilling a well on the Flathead Reservation, and hasn’t been since 1996. However, new wells and water uses have been allowed on the reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes since. Tribal Spokesman Robert McDonald said they didn’t want to halt progress or development, however, he says there isn’t a legally valid way to dig a new well. There’s no governing structure in place so no change of use permits or new well permits.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Katrin Frye 19786 at http://mtpr.org The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past http://mtpr.org/post/teaching-stewardship-future-honoring-past <p>Each May for about two decades the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have held a River Honoring and invited children from across the reservation and beyond. The honoring started in 1986 in response to a push for additional dams below Kerr Dam, along the lower Flathead River.</p><p>Education Specialist Germaine White with the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation said the Tribal Culture Committee was very concerned about a disturbance to the river.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:25:56 +0000 Katrin Frye 19175 at http://mtpr.org Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past More asking for re-negotiation on Flathead Water Compact http://mtpr.org/post/more-asking-re-negotiation-flathead-water-compact <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More are calling for a re-opening of negotiations on the Flathead Water Compact, soon possibly including the state commission which helped craft the compact.</span></p><p>But the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are holding firm with the current version.</p><p>The CSKT have been working on this agreement with the state and federal governments and private irrigators for at least a dozen years. It would settle disputes over how water is shared on the Flathead reservation.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:41:29 +0000 Dan Boyce 16642 at http://mtpr.org More asking for re-negotiation on Flathead Water Compact Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam http://mtpr.org/post/montana-tribe-be-first-own-major-dam <p>$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:31:41 +0000 Sally Mauk 15879 at http://mtpr.org Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam Warming waters threaten cold water trout http://mtpr.org/post/warming-waters-threaten-cold-water-trout <p></p><p>As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", we focus on the impact of climate change on Montana's waters, and the native fish adapted to thrive in cold, glacier-fed streams.</p><p>Cold water fish like west slope cutthroat and bull trout call northwest Montana home. However, these native fish could be considered the canary in the coal mine in regard to the effects of climate change. Warming waters, changes in spring runoff, and mid-winter rainfall are among the issues affecting the habitat for these fish.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:02:49 +0000 Katrin Frye 10086 at http://mtpr.org Warming waters threaten cold water trout Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam http://mtpr.org/post/montana-tribe-prepares-become-first-tribe-country-own-major-dam <p>If all goes as planned, in September 2015, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes will be the first tribes in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:38:04 +0000 Sally Mauk 6141 at http://mtpr.org Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam What happens now with the Flathead Water Compact? http://mtpr.org/post/what-happens-now-flathead-water-compact <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now mulling their options after the 2013 Montana Legislature failed to pass the Flathead Water Rights Compact; but CSKT officials are hopeful the agreement can be passed by the 2015 Legislature.</span></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:09:37 +0000 Dan Boyce 2131 at http://mtpr.org What happens now with the Flathead Water Compact?