By all means, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox should engage in a lawsuit filed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in federal court over water rights on the Flathead Reservation.

The lawsuit is a brazen move aimed at getting the federal courts involved in Montana water law while also seeking to claim ownership of water rights currently held by landowners who irrigate about 2,000 farms and ranches on the reservation through the tribally owned infrastructure of the Flathead Irrigation Project.

An attorney — representing irrigators, tribal members and non-members alike — recently requested that Fox officially intervene in the case on behalf of his clients, who are of the belief that they own their water rights under protection of Montana water law.

That alone is enough for Fox to be involved, because it constitutes a threat to fundamental rights of Montanans. But it is not the only or most significant reason.

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