Judge ends Montana tribe's agreement for National Bison Range
A federal judge ended a controversial self-governance agreement that allowed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to handle certain functions at the National Bison Range in Montana.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the Interior Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act by entering into an annual funding agreement with the tribe in 2008. Kollar-Kotelly said the department failed to explain why it did not conduct an environmental analysis of its action.

The decision means DOI could enter into another agreement with the tribe. A previous agreement from 2004 had addressed the lack of an environmental analysis.

But for now, 10 tribal employees could be out of a job at the bison range, which is located entirely within reservation boundaries.

Get the Story:
National Bison Range ruling cuts funding deal between Interior, CSKT (The Missoulian 9/29)

District Court Decision:
Reed v. Salazar (September 28, 2010)

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