Key Elements of the MWRPA:
Ratifies the Flathead Nation Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact and the UMO. As a result, there is no further obligation for State approval; and confirms the Flathead Nation FRWRC.
Includes restoration of the National Bison Range.
Authorizes a process for restoration of State school trust lands on the Flathead Reservation.
In exchange the CSKT will convey to the State CSKT co-ownership of State rights in the upper Flathead River Basin.
No Department of Interior Secretary funding. All of the Federal funds contribution of $1.9 billion will be deposited in a CSKT Trust Account under the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994.
$900 million in mandatory funding appropriated with the MWRPA settlement at $90 million per year for the next 10 years will be deposited in the AITFMMRA without additional appropriations. The CSKT and DOI Secretary will negotiate a split of the funds between the FRWRC and project funding vs. all other authorized issues.
Self Governance protections for the CSKT in carrying out Section 7 activities.