May 17, 2012
by Jessica Mayrer
Camas Prairie lies at the center of what for thousands of years has been Pend d’Oreille territory. Pat Pierre’s grandfather and great-grandfather fished all across present-day Montana, Idaho and into eastern Washington. Fish were central to their culture. So were waterways. They were supposed to be protected, reserved for their use. Today, tribes could finally be on the verge of defining those rights.
- Tags: Features, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Flathead Reservation, Water Rights, Hellgate Treaty, Upper Clark Fork Basin, Pat Pierre, Clayton Matt, Gerald Mueller, Seth Makepeace, Milltown Dam, Mike Cuffe, Verdell Jackson, Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission