US Transfers Historic Water Rights to Blackfeet Tribe


In a historic move, and surrounded by Blackfeet tribal members, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke signed paperwork transferring the first $800,000 of what is expected to be $470 million agreement for water-related projects as part of the Water Rights Settlement Act. The Act quantifies the tribe's water rights, and confirms its jurisdiction over those rights on the reservation. It’s been called one of the most important developments in the past 100 years for the Blackfeet.