Mont. Courts Lack Power In Tribal Water Row, High Court Told

Law360, New York (March 31, 2016, 5:11 PM EDT) -- Montana’s Crow Nation members hit back at the federal government’s argument that state courts were right to affirm their tribe’s $460 million water rights settlement, telling the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday that the state courts had no authority to preside over their objections to the settlement in the first place.

The Crow Allottees Association, who hold allotments on their reservation in Montana, said that there is nothing in the law that gives state courts jurisdiction to decide on issues that arose after the Crow Nation, the federal government and the state of Montana reached a sweeping compact that quantified the tribe’s...

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