If irrigation represents ~80% of the water used on the Flathead reservation and ~80% of the irrigation is performed by non-tribal farmers and ranchers on non-tribal/non-trust land, why is the tribal negotiating committee offering these same irrigators a “Stipulation Agreement” that requires them to forfeit their claims and suits for water rights in Western Montana in exchange for a hollow “commitment” to provide them a limited quantity of water for their purpose? The land is not tribal which puts it under Montana state control for water rights and adjudication under the state constitution: Article IX., Sec 3. Water Rights.
Why would these irrigators surrender their claims for water rights and constitutional protections for an empty promise? Why would they agree to be effectively put out of business? Why are they allowing a small group of schemers to bully them into anything? Don’t they realize they have strength in numbers? Don’t they realize they represent a significant portion of the state economy and therefore have economic power? Have they lost their will to live and work and produce, not only viable food sources, but a heritage of basic American values that need to be handed down to those around them?
What is it going to take to get the message out to those irrigators who don’t read the papers, or get their news digitally, that they are on the verge of extinction? If it’s word-of-mouth, then ya’ll need to find a fence to talk over and get to it! Contrary to popular opinion and politically correct liberal thinking, standing up for your God-given and hard fought for rights is an obligation as a citizen and resident in this country; thinking somebody else is going to do it for you is a huge mistake. Leaving it to the FJBC or the FIP or the CME is insane and a recipe for disaster.
Seems funny that three fourth’s of the way through 2012, the FJBC budget for Professional Services (Alpine Research, LLC) has blown right through the ceiling; been exceeded by 129% – and is still climbing. I guess ‘word-smithing’, ‘spin doctoring’ and ‘magician slight of hand’ are more expensive than anticipated. Or maybe there was no anticipation of an increased need to utilize these talents before the door to the negotiation dark room was blown off the hinges by concerned citizens, constituents, residents of Western Montana who are being thrown under the bus by committee’s who choose not to represent them in this ground breaking Reserved Water Rights Compact for the Flathead Indian Reservation.
It appears that ‘doublespeak’ and the ‘smoke and mirrors’ phenomenon costs more than projected for the budget; how inconvenient. Of course the Irrigators, whose money (in the form of “fees” per acre) is being used to pay for these ‘services’, that will ultimately deprive them of the water they desperately need to grow the food and resources we desperately need to fuel the economy that Montana desperately needs, will be the victims of a scheme of theft unimaginable in this time and place where a handshake has always been a contract and a person’s word is good enough.
Why would they ever suspect a neighbor, and conveniently a budgeted contracting adviser to their board of joint control, would take advantage of them or lead them down the proverbial ‘primrose path’?
Either someone’s no good at budgeting or it’s a case of “take the money and run”. Drawing a salary to lower your friends and neighbors expectations of earned entitlement while attempting to permanently alter the definition of “fair and equitable” could be construed as a Trojan Horse scenario. Maybe the ‘gift’ should be rejected and kept outside in the yard while we study it a bit more.
Monday, August 13th – 11 am
Flathead Joint Board of Control
524 N. Main St.
A CALL TO ACTION – The beginning.
The Flathead Joint Board of Control, who pretends to represent the Irrigators growing all the AG products in the Flathead Valley and beyond, will hold their Monthly Board Meeting at 11am, Monday, August 13th.
If Water, for irrigation or consumption, is of any relevant importance to you, as an irrigator or consumer, you need to take the time to attend this meeting and let these pseudo-representatives know that you have strong and important concerns about their participation in the on-going, but soon to be railroaded and rubber stamped, Water Compact – including the Irrigators Stipulation Agreement that will pretty much put most of the farmers out of business in the near future.
You can and do have a voice and it’s time you exercised it; unless you are content with finding another hole to hide in somewhere else in the U.S.A.
Get to the meeting; let these people know you are no longer a silent majority and you will no longer be a member of their Mushroom Club: kept in the dark and buried in BS. If you can’t make the time to stand up for your rights, as adults, residents and productive citizens – who do you figure is going to on your behalf?