High Court Won't Hear Crow Citizens' Water Rights Appeal

By Jack Newsham (April 25, 2016, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by a group of Crow tribal members to review a decision by Montana's highest court that approved a $460 million water-rights settlement between the state, the federal government and the Crow Nation.

The court's decision to leave the Montana Supreme Court's ruling in place — which, as usual, didn't include an explanation — ends the next-to-last legal challenge to the 2010 settlement by the Crow Allottees Association, which says it represents tribal citizens with water rights that were ignored in the deal. It's also a win for the federal government, which argued...

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