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Lobbying on compact

One of our most important issues is the protection of our natural resources, land and water rights. The CSKT Water Compact unjustly gave away western Montana water rights to a third party, the Feds and the Indian tribes.

Russell Fagg and Jon Tester are in favor of the CSKT Water Compact, along with the monied establishment that supports them. Millions were spent on lobbying and advertising to convince Montanans to part with their water rights based on deceptive advertising, deceptive legal arguments, and fear tactics.

Native American aboriginal rights were recognized as superior to Article IX, section 3 of the Montana Constitution as a justification for this transfer of rights.

The group FARM (Farmers and Ranchers for Montana) is showing up again in various newspapers and advertisements. They are a lobbying group which registered with the Montana Secretary of State in January 2015 for the specific purpose of passing the CSKT Compact which undermines our water, land and property rights.

This lobbying group does not appear to be the claimed “grassroots organization” of farmers and ranchers that is conveyed to the public. https://westernmtwaterrights.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/farm-grassroots-astroturf-or-something-else/

The most fierce defender of our water and property rights is Dr. Al Olszewski; he will fight to protect Montana waters and our constitutional rights to it.

— Mae W. Woo, Billings

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