Crow Tribe, Montana & US Compact of 2007
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Crow Tribe, Montana & US Compact of 2007
Settlement & State Legislation: Water Rights Compact Entered into by the State of Montana, the Crow Tribe and the USA (Jun. 22, 1999). (Mont. Code Ann. Sec. 85-20-901) There is no separate Settlement Agreememt. The State Legislation ratifies settlement of Crow water rights. Includes 500,000 a/f/y from Bighorn River, priority of May 7, 1868; 300,000 a/f/y from Bighorn Lake storage but limited to half that amount during low periods. A stream and lake-level management plan to be developed for the Bighorn River. Tribe has surface, GW and storage rights within the Little Bighorn River, Pryor Creek, and Rosebud Creek (to the extent not interfering with Northern Cheyenne Tribal water rights); within Youngs Creek drainage, Squirrel Creek drainage, Tanner Creek drainage, Dry Creek drainage and Spring Creek drainage within Tongue River Basin; Sarpy Creek drainage within Yellowstone River Basin; Cottonwood Creek drainage, Five Mile Creek drainage and Bluewater Creek drainage within Clarks Fork Yellowstone River Basin; Sage Creek drainage within Shoshone River Basin; and Fly Creek drainage, Blue Creek drainage, Dry Creek drainage and Bitter Creek drainage within Yellowstone River Basin. Tribe has a right to 47,000 a/f/y from the Ceded Strip provided that no more than 2,500 a/f/y are from upstream of the Bighorn/Yellowstone Rivers confluence and no more than 7,000 a/f/y is taken per month. Religious or cultural uses of water in de minimis amounts shall be allowed without prior review. The Tribe shall develop a water code for the administration of the Tribal Water Right, and MT shall administer all state law rights. The Compact lays out procedures for assessing new water development requests. The Crow-MT Compact Board shall handle controversies and enforcement. MT will contribute $15 million over the course of 15 years beginning July 1, 1999 for benefit of Tribe. [Source: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/85/20/85-20-901.htm]
Settlement-State Legislation: 33 pages.
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