On April 27, the Crow Tribe Apsáalooke Nation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the State of Montana signed the Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact in Washington, D.C.
Signees were Cedric Black Eagle, tribal chairman, Brian Schweitzer, Montana Governor, and Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior.
The compact seeks to resolve more than three decades of controversy, ensure safe drinking water for the reservation, and provide for the rehabilitation of the Crow Irrigation Project according to a release prior to the event.
“Today is a significant day for the Crow people,” said Chairman Black Eagle during the signing. “We began negotiating the Crow-Montana Compact over a decade ago and with continued commitment by all of the parties, including the State and the United States, we were able to come together today and sign the Compact,” said Chairman Black Eagle. “Water is life. This Compact ensures that Crow people will have water and the necessary infrastructure for generations to come. Now the hard work continues to implement the Compact and Settlement legislation to ensure that Crow people realize these benefits from the settlement.”