Bill introduced to revise appropriations in Blackfeet Water Compact

Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, speaks on the house floor on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in the State Capitol.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Rep. Llew Jones on Monday introduced a bill that would change the way applicants draw money from the Blackfeet Tribe Water Rights Compact mitigation account.

Specifically, House Bill 141 would provide a revised statutory appropriation and establish an effective date of July 1, 2023. It has a fiscal note of $2 million and came at the request of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Facts to know about the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.

Signed in 2016 by President Barack Obama, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act allocated $471 million in federal funding for improvements to watersheds and job creation for members of the Blackfeet Nation. The settlement focused on improved water usage on the reservation for supplies, irrigation, fisheries, recreation and other things.

In this photo provided by the Department of the Interior, Blackfeet Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes, front left, sits with then

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