Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

In Other Words
5:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Susan Harness

Susan Harness
Credit Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post

6/17/14: This week on "In Other Words:"

Producer Ann Szalda-Petree talks with cultural anthropologist Susan Harness (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.

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Flathead Reservation Water Rights
10:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled

View of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation.
Credit Katrin Frye

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.

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Montana News
5:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Annual River Honoring this year brought more than 1,000 4th and 5th graders from across the reservation and beyond to the Lower Flathead River.
Credit Katrin Frye

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.

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.

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Flathead Water Compact
1:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

More asking for re-negotiation on Flathead Water Compact

Credit Flickr, Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

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.

But the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are holding firm with the current version.

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.

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Kerr Dam
11:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam

Tribal leaders at original dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

$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.
    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. 

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Climate Week 2013
11:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Warming waters threaten cold water trout

The cold waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River are somewhat buffered from the effects of climate change, but temperatures here, too are rising.
Katrin Frye

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.

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.

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Kerr Dam
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Montana tribe prepares to become first tribe in the country to own a major dam

Salish and Kootenai chiefs at dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit photo courtesy Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

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.

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Flathead Water Compact
9:09 am
Thu May 9, 2013

What happens now with the Flathead Water Compact?

Credit Flickr, Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

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.

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