WE VOTED, AND THE WATERS OF THE BLACKFEET WERE SECURED

After decades of negotiation, we secured the rights to our water. In a historic vote on April 20, 2017, Blackfeet Tribal Members voted in favor of the Blackfeet Water Compact and Settlement Act – ending our decades-long fight for our water rights. The compact confirmed and quantified our water rights, and established the Tribe’s jurisdiction over our water.

Vote Passed! Read the article

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON BLACKFEET WATER CODE

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has taken action to amend the Blackfeet Water Code (Resolution 211-2021) as a part of the Tribe’s obligation to implement the provisions of the Blackfeet Water Rights Compact and Settlement Act. The amendment repeals and replaces Ordinance 62 adopted on May 15, 1980 and re-adopted on July 12, 1988.

The public can provide comments on the amended Blackfeet Water Code starting March 11, 2021. All comments must be received by the Blackfeet Legal Department on or before April 10, 2021.

For a summary of the amended Blackfeet Water Code, click here.

Please submit all comments on or before April 10, 2021 to:

  • Blackfeet Legal Department
    P.O. Box 849
    Browning, MT 59417

Comments also may be submitted by email on or before April 10, 2021 to blackfeetwatercode@gmail.com.

DOWNLOAD THE BLACKFEET WATER CODE

BLACKFEET WATER INFORMATION PROJECT

These pages are part of an overall effort to get more information into the hands of tribal members about the water compact and settlement act. We hope you will read and share this information, ask questions, and be part of the process.

Chronology

A timeline that highlights the major events and milestones leading up to the current compact.

FAQ’S

Answers to the most common questions about the water compact and settlement act.

Map

A map of the six watersheds on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation from which the tribe draws its water rights.

Compact Resources

Additional information about the water compact, including copies of the compact, the federal bill approving the compact and other resources.