S.434: Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about native americans
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Sponsor Max Baucus, D-Mont.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 4, 2013
Latest Major Action May 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2013 - Requires the Blackfeet Tribe (Tribe) of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana to work with the Fort Belknap Indian Community on resolving any conflict concerning Milk River water rights. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to resolve such conflict if the Tribe and Community are unable to do so within a specified period.

Requires the Secretary to enter into contracts with the Tribe for the delivery of: (1) 5,000 acre-feet per year of the St. Mary River water right through Milk River Project facilities to the Tribe or an entity specified by the Tribe, and (2) any additional available St. Mary water.

Lists Milk River Project purposes as irrigation, flood control, fish and wildlife protection, recreation, hydroelectric power generation, and municipal, rural, and industrial water supply.

Directs the Secretary to conduct a study to:

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 8, 2013 Committee on Indian Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-113.
March 4, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.