©2017 Montana Land and Water Alliance
The CSKT Compact was designed to prevent the public and legislature from ever understanding just what was being proposed. Think about it: a 1,500 page document, canned uninformative “public education” regurgitating the same talking points as propaganda, telling us nothing about the real intent, consequences, or effect of this precedent-setting compact on our lives, lands, property, and children. What a shameful display by our state government, especially, which is supposed to represent all citizens.
Nevertheless, our collective efforts to pick this compact apart and to KNOW what it does sent these people scrambling: for money, lobbyists, favors, weasel words, raw political power, and fake support to get what they wanted. Forget the effect on the citizens, property rights, and even the Indian people themselves who will suffer at the hands of their tribal government even more.
They also manipulated the legislative process to enable legislators to end run the Constitution of Montana and the United States through a tortured set of rule changes, excuse making, and violation of their oaths of office. All this is recorded for all to remember. Here’s how it unfolded in 2015:
Why is this important? Because of Title 42 U.S.C. Section 1983:
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.