We begin with an admission that the government’s very bad solution to resolving the federal reserved water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, along with its well hidden details, was a necessary part of the process of developing a real solution.
Necessary because it stands out as a shining example of what “not to do,” and also of government overreach at its worst.
In its wake comes forth an opportunity to introduce an easy to understand and workable solution, written and supported by citizens seeking to decisively resolve what has become Montana’s most divisive issue.
We call it the People’s Compact, or the Mending Fences Act.
Its primary purpose is to unite rather than divide, and to bring reasonableness to the table by proposing a fair and comprehensive solution that will bring finality while at the same time protecting the property and water rights of all people, especially our friends and neighbors.
Our community is amazing and unique, and the history that brought us to this place is important. It should be celebrated and acknowledged, not hidden or rewritten inside a 1,500 page monstrosity that enriches and benefits the governments who wrote it, to the detriment of the people they represent.
The People’s Compact is a grassroots solution that throws off the chains of the controversial, divisive and failed effort by government, and proposes to replace it with a fresh new, solution that is compatible with the law and is fair and equitable for all of Montana.
Our approach to resolving this issue comes from a position of strength, not weakness. After all it is the people who created these governments, and not only is it our right, but it is also our duty to push for a significant course correction when it is necessary.
The People’s Compact does just that.
On the pages of this website, we will share with you important background information and it necessary details to will leave no doubt that this is a common sense, people-first approach to resolving the huge mess that governments have created.
The People’s Compact is a good faith effort do resolve a difficult problem. We threw out the old compact and built ours upon the following objectives:
To STAY within the confines of federal reserved water rights law and the constitution
To PROVIDE a simple and final resolution for all of Montana
To OFFER a solution that benefits people not governments
To PROTECT the water rights of ALL MONTANANS and
To MEND fences with our friends and neighbors
We are pleased with the result and know you will be too.