Crow Tribe holds a series of meetings for water rights settlement

The Crow Tribe of Montana is holding a series of meetings to discuss a water rights settlement that President Barack Obama signed into law last month.

Current and former tribal leaders support the $460 million deal. But final approval is required by the membership.

"I was able to witness those historic times, in terms of how this process went, knowing full well at the end of this road would be the Crow people." Chairman Cedric Black Eagle said at the first meeting on Tuesday, The Billings Gazette reported. "That they would — you would — have the final say. That's how it was written into the federal legislation."

The remainder of the meetings take place from January 12-February 15. The referendum on the settlement is scheduled for March 8.

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Crow Tribe discusses water settlement bill (The Billings Gazette 1/12)

Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2009:
H.R. 3563 | S.375

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