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Friday, February 27, 2015

Do you have an Emergency Radio Communications Plan.

If you don't have comm you don't have anything.

This will enhance communications between groups by using HF single sideband ground wave propagation to add security and functionality to your comm plan.



Here is an excellent video from You Tube user MeOnTech.  He concealed a 2 meter band j-pole antenna on his balcony in a flower pot. Way to go!



This video will give you an idea of what the bands will be like in an actual emergency.
Everyone will want to talk at the same time, and it will take some practice to make any real communications traffic out of what we call a pile up.  This operator has a unique situation in that every time he gets on the air he has to deal with a pile up. But this is what it will be like when we have  a  failure of civility in our country.



To try to ease the pain in a real emergency we have band plans that will help to get the emergency traffic to the most people.

Oathkeepers band plan:
http://www.lincolncountywatch.org/emergencycommplan.pdf

AmRRon band plan:
This one used to be free but their costs are going up like everyone else's so they now charge $6 for a digital version. It's worth the money because there is much information that most of us have not thought about in planning for emergency communications.

http://www.amrron.com/comms-s-o-i/

Click this link for a nice ham radio bands chart:

http://www.amrron.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hambands_color.pdf

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montana committing suicide if legislature passes water compact!

Sent at the request of author, Elaine Willman for immediate distribution.  Essential to read prior to SB262 going to the House for voting.  This provides “teeth and backbone” in our presentations.   cr


MONTANA in the 70’s: When the State Stood Tall for Its People and Its Lands vs. the  Self-Inflicted Injury of the Proposed CSKT Compact.

By Elaine Willman,
Author of Going to Pieces...

There was a time when the Montana legislature was at the forefront of environmental policy, state sovereign authority and diligent protection of the rights of Montana citizens.  Look at this interesting time line of events from 1970 through 1981 when Montana legislators were taking excellent care of their State and citizens:

1970  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This federal mandate requires assessment and analysis for all significant projects affecting the environment, across the country.

1971  Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). Farsighted legislators passed, 99-0, a state mandate, MEPA,  requiring assessment and analysis for all significant projects affecting the environment. MEPA stepped up the “spirit” and strength of the federal act, NEPA, and significantly expanded the public right to participate in government decisions. Perhaps now we better understand why both of these environmental mandates have been avoided at all costs. The proposed CSKT Compact is in direct violation of NEPA, MEPA, and the Administrative Procedures Act of 1946, requiring due process and a remedy for grievances against government decisions. MEPA was preparatory to the development of a new Constitution for the State of Montana, adopted in 1973.

1973 Montana State Constitution. Legislators adopted a Constitution that incorporated the intent of MEPA into Article IX of the new Constitution, and additionally provided Montanans with 35 enumerated rights in Article II, including popular sovereignty, the right of participation,  and the right of self-government.

1975  Indian Education and Self-Determination Act (Public Law 93-638) provided tribes with the right to self-government and management of their own federal funds through contracted services.  Unfortunately, many tribes ignored the critical word prefix self in self-determination and took actions toward  asserting tribal government authorities to tax and govern non-tribal persons and properties.

1981  Montana v. U.S. 450 U.S. 544.  In 1973 the Crow Tribe attempted to assert its jurisdictional authority over non-tribal lands and persons. The State of Montana argued valiantly for many years to protect Montana citizens, and obtained the ruling in Montana v. U.S. that continues to be a landmark Supreme Court case protecting citizens in Montana and across the country from tribal governance over non tribal persons and lands.

Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s the Montana governors and state legislators were diligently protecting state sovereign authority, state natural resources and the individual rights of Montanans. So what happened between 1981 and 2015? 

The emerging coalition of a powerful triumvirate: 1) federal Executive branch over-reaching; 2) tribal government political influence and tribal government over-reaching; 3) coalitions of environmental extremists; the trendy aboriginal and United Nations movement, and the globalists promoting Agenda 21. All of these folks are on the same page, singing from the same hymnal and absolutely dedicated to the demise of State sovereignty, citizen and property rights. This cumulative political and financial power has had oppressive and intimidating success among elected officials at every level of state government and academia in Montana. The 2015 Montana State Legislature does not remotely resemble the Montana Legislature of the 1970s, when the State was acting like a State and damn proud of it.

What will be the end result of the CSKT Compact if Montana's legislators breathe life into this legislative Beast?  Look again at the policies and laws noted in the time line above.  The CSKT Compact will render irrelevant the U.S. Constitution, the Montana Constitution, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Montana Environmental Policy Act, and this is just openers. Current state legislators passing the Compact will ensure their ongoing and future irrelevancy as elected officials of a state intentionally enfeebled by the CSKT Compact. Oaths of office and the Pledge of Allegiance are now just meaningless, irrelevant rituals. One of the finest State Constitutions in the country, Montana’s 1973 Constitution becomes toilet paper.

Another irony:  Passage of the Compact will also overturn hard-fought protections from tribal governance over non-members in 1981 Supreme Court case of Montana v. U.S. for Montana citizens; however,  the rest of the country will remain protected by this Landmark ruling of the High Court because the ruling protects citizens from tribal governance absent their individual consent.  The Compact legislatively removes individual citizen consent for some 350,000 Montana citizens in 11 counties that will be subject to tribal government control of their water, their water rates, and water-dependent land use.

The Compact is not just about water. It is now about the Rule of Law as well. Our federal and state Constitutions matter, or they don't. Our federal and state environmental mandates matter, or they don't. Supreme Court rulings matter or they don't. Exactly what does matter to current legislators and an entire cadre of well-paid Montana state attorneys? It certainly does not seem to be to uphold the Rule of Law in the State of Montana. The once youthful and muscle-bound State of Montana is voluntarily surrendering its Statehood to Assisted Living in perpetuity, to be governed by tribes, the federal government and International organizations intent on destroying State authorities, property rights and the rights of the Popular Sovereignty of each and every citizen. Montana is already buckling at the knees; the proposed CSKT Compact begins the process of turning off the State’s life support as a State. The battle then goes to all of the other Western States.

One more sad irony: There is within the rule of law the Doctrine of Parens Patriae. This is a legal doctrine wherein a State within its sovereign capacity may provide protection, and may even sue on behalf of, citizens unable to care for themselves. The proposed Compact will render tribal and non-tribal landowners, 11 counties and their municipalities, and some 350,000 Montanans needing water for the homes and businesses, hard pressed to pay high water rates, or take care of themselves in the future. Do you suppose your current or future Governors and State Legislator will step in to help them?

A victorious CSKT Compact opens the door for the federal government, tribal governments and globalists to fundamentally transform Montana to something unlike the proud State that existed in the 1970s. Montana legislators passing this Compact may just as well turn off the lights in the Helena Capitol because the CSKT Compact is a fatal, self-inflicted injury to State sovereignty and all of Montana's waters. Legislators voting for the Proposed CSKT Compact are assuring their future as useful idiots to federal, tribal and international influence.

Elaine D. Willman, MPA
Author, Going to Pieces . . .the dismantling of the United States of America
Work:  920-615-2882

Cell:  509-949-8055

1977 Mercury Marquis price reduced again


I have reduced the price on this very nice Mercury Marquis to $3900.
 
I was asked how this car would stand up to an EMP pulse. My answer is that there are only two parts that would need to be replaced
if an EMP ever did occur and it was powerful enough to damage those parts.  Chances are an EMP would'nt effect this but here you go.
 
There are no computers of any kind in this car. The only electronic components are the ignition module and the pickup module in the distributor.
 
The module (premium version) from NAPA is model TP40 and costs 61.49
The pickup module (premium version) is MP700   31.49
 
Take these parts and put them in a metal box (farady cage) in your closet and you are good to go.
 
In addition if you are a member of Oathkeepers and show me that, and you bring cash,  I might be willing to come down a bit more.
 
If you want to know more about farady cages  http://www.lincolncountywatch.org/emp.htm
 
Summer is coming. This rig really gobbles up the road.
 
See lots of pictures here:
 
 
Paul Stramer  KC7MEZ
SLC Distributing
PO Box 116
Eureka MT 59917
800 889 2839
pstramer@eurekadsl.net
montanablog (dot) us

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SB 262 water compact tabled in the Senate Finance and Claims committee

Maybe there is hope this water compact will go down in flames. 
CHAS VINCENT  when are you going to get it?
Instead of blasting it to the floor, YOU NEED TO WITHDRAW THIS BILL FROM CONSIDERATION!
If you don't you will seal your fate as a legislator.
 
----- Original Message -----
From: larkwic
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:08 AM
Subject: SB 262 tabled in the Senate Finance and Claims committee


Teri Swenson reports
SB 262 tabled in the Senate Finance and Claims committee. Vincent threatened if it were killed or stuck in committee he would blast it to the Senate floor. How does a bill receive an adverse committee report?
Leg.mt.gov not yet updated to reflect that.
Wonder what the vote count was…

Committee Members

Member                                            Assignment
Llew Jones  (R) SD 9                        Chair
Bob Keenan  (R) SD 5                      Vice Chair
Mark Blasdel  (R) SD 4                    Member
John Brenden  (R) SD 17                 Member
Mary Caferro  (D) SD 41                  Member
Bradley Hamlett  (D) SD 15             Member
Kris Hansen  (R) SD 14                    Member
David Howard  (R) SD 29               Member
Jim Keane  (D) SD 38                       Member
Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19   Member
Mike Phillips  (D) SD 31                  Member
Rick Ripley  (R) SD 10                     Member
Matthew M Rosendale  (R) SD 18   Member
Jon C Sesso  (D) SD 37                    Member
Cary Smith  (R) SD 27                     Member
Janna Taylor  (R) SD 6                     Member
Roger Webb  (R) SD 23                   Member
Jonathan Windy Boy  (D) SD 16     Member
Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48             Member



It’s too easy to forget just how many times our politicians, sworn to preserve and defend the Constitution, instead have tried to undermine or
destroy it.
- Lt. Col. Fielding Lewis Greaves, U.S. Army, Retired

Montana, have you learned NOTHING from the Bundy Ranch standoff?

From talking about the CSKT water grab with fellow Montanans around the state it is clear to me that they consider that bill to be unconstitutional and unlawful.
The feeling I get is that there are quite a number of people in our state that will not stand by and watch our water and land be stolen by out of control federal agents using the tribes as a vehicle.  They also know that the agenda of putting the water under federal control is just one part of the UN Agenda 21. 
They also know that the US Supreme Court has said all laws that are unconstitutional are null and void from their inception as if they had never been written.
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void." Marbury Vs. Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803). "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." Miranda Vs. Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491. " An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed." Norton Vs. Shelby County 118 US 425 p. 442
Chas Vincent, you might think you are doing the right thing but you are pitifully uninformed. YOU JUST DON'T GET IT.
People like Chas Vincent are dreaming if they think the people in Montana are just going to lay down and be run over by this tyranny and watch their water be stolen right out from under their nose, by a pack of law (constitution) breaking wolves in sheep's clothing (legislators) who are trying to authorize plunder under the color of law.
Water is life. Without water Montana's economy, which is bad enough already, will certainly suffer, and all those families who have worked for decades to accumulate those water rights and prove ongoing usage in order to keep those water rights at great expense for the infrastructure for that water will be in danger of not being able to produce enough products to sustain their businesses and families.  This is nothing less than outright theft.
Montana is hurting bad enough already. IT'S TIME TO GET OUT OF STATE INTERESTS OUT OF OUR STATE especially the communist federal government !
Tell your legislators to vote against SB 262
If we can't convince the legislature to kill this, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT THE PROPONENTS BE PRESENT WHEN THE FIRST HEADGATE IS SHUT DOWN AT THE FIRST RANCH THEY TRY TO STOP FROM IRRIGATING UNDER THIS NEW FEDERAL TAKEOVER.
Have these people learned NOTHING from the Bundy Ranch standoff?  The line in the sand was already drawn.
Killing SB262  and passing  HB583 are two steps in the right direction toward freedom in Montana.
Paul Stramer
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Elias Alias <eliasalias@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Subject: Agenda-21 Backed By MHRN In Helena _ I could not help myself!
To: Elias Alias <eliasalias@gmail.com>, Dan Happel, Joan Stanley, and more than six hundred others...



Joan Stanley sent me the following link. I truly don't have time for this, but I also know that I cannot possibly let this travesty go by without making my own statement about the idiocy of the Montana Human Rights Network's Rachel Carroll  Revas, who has presented the Montana legislature's Judiciary Committee with a futile, impotent, flaccid, yet revelatory diatribe of nonsense.
When you go to the following link, be sure to watch the brief video which KXIH has featured to help MHRN drive home its effort to dissuade our legislators from seeing the truth about Agenda-21. Below this link I'll paste in the comment I entered under the KXIH article. (Note: at 11:30 pm on Monday night, February 23 2015, my comment is not showing, so I'm hopeful that it will clear moderation and get posted under the article there. If not, I've copied it below for your reading enjoyment.)
Thank you each for looking into this legislative effort by MT Rep. Randall Pinocci (R, Sun River).and supported by former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel.
Salute!
Elias Alias, editor for Oath Keepers


http://www.kxlh.com/story/28181433/montana-house-judiciary-committee-pushes-back-against-agenda-21


My comment under that article:

eliasalias2 (signed in using yahoo)

It is surprising that MHRN still uses the lame tactic of attacking this bill by associating the proponents with "anti-government militias". This bill was not written by "anti-government militias", but instead was written by good neighbors who have bothered to look into just what G.H.W. Bush signed this nation onto in 1992 when the United Nations introduced Agenda-21.

Former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel is a Montana rancher who has done extensive research into Agenda-21. Any reader here who doubts his knowledge, which is derived from literally years of research, need only look into the matter oneself.

MHRN has a hidden agenda of its own, which is to deprive Montanans of their Constitutionally-protected "unalienable rights" in the name of socializing all Montanans as "world citizens". To prove my point, I offer a Resolution by the Republican National Committee itself, which resolved in 2012 to expose the wickedness of Agenda-21 to all Americans. You can get the pdf for this RNC document by searching on Google or any other search engine using these key words "RNC, Winter Committee Resolutions, Agenda 21". Here is the text of what the Republican Party says about Agenda 21: (quoting)
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RESOLUTION EXPOSING UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992; and,
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and,
WHEREAS, this United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms; all as destructive to the environment; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy National sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; now therefore be 

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan; and therefore be it further
RESOLVED , that the U.S. government and no state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been endorsed by the (U.S.) Senate, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that the federal and state and local governments across the country be well informed of the underlying harmful implications of implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for “sustainable development” and we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of the Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, all Republican candidates for President who qualify for RNC sanctioned debates, and to each Republican state and territorial party office and recommend for adoption into the Republican Party Platform at the 2012 Convention.
As Approved by the Republican National Committee, January 13, 2012
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So we clearly see that MHRN's Rachel Carroll Revas has her own Agenda, and would try to shift focus from the seriousness of this bill in its effort to protect all Montanans by associating the bill with "anti-government militias". What a cheap shot!

On the other hand, former County Commissioner Dan Happel has only this State's Constitution and our nation's Constitution at heart, and is trying to reveal something very sinister as the ngo's continue to work through the EPA, FEMA, BLM, USFS, and other non-elected Federal agencies to erode our freedoms as Montanans.

In closing, I would love to hear a logical explanation why this news outlet chose the pictures it employed in composing the above video as reportage on this bill. It strikes me as fairly blatant and disruptive to associate such imagery with purportedly objective reportage of news affecting all Montanans.

Salute!
Elias Alias, Eureka, Montana

Monday, February 23, 2015

If we let them take this ammo they will take it all.

M855 5.56 Ammo Ban Coming?




Please watch this informative video by one U-TUBER, it explains a lot to those that may not quite understand what the big deal is all about and reminds the rest of us.

  Get involved, sign the petitions, write BATFE and your congressman.
BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UUIwxL-PGg

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Briefest Briefing On The Coming "Martial Law"

The American public is being conditioned to accept an "emergency-based" military-police state command structure which ranges outward from DHS through the Pentagon, FEMA and the Department of Justice, and uses Fusion Centers to coordinate the profiling of dissent among the population...... by Elias Alias


OathKeepers' Stewart Rhodes with Alex Jones on Community Preparedness Teams now being organized.

Water right fight goes national in the news

It's not just a fight about water rights in Montana!

Montana is in a fight for it's life and the freedom of private property rights including water rights that will set the precedent for the whole nation in coming months and years.

Montanans fight to the last drop over precious water rights!
This water rights fight has been picked up by national news now. They realize that this will set a precedent for the whole country.
The feds are using the tribes as a vehicle to take over the water and land in all the western states.
Read this article:


Thursday, February 19, 2015

WE ARE ALL MONTANANS NOW

By Jim Beers 
Feb. 17th 2015

A stunning maneuver by the federal government was recently brought to my attention.  While it is directed at the government of the State of Montana concerning shooting ranges; there is a much broader precedent establishment being attempted that concerns every state official and every rural resident that farms, grazes, hunts, fishes, traps, owns animals and/or owns property or recreates in myriad ways on both public and private rural landscapes.
 
BACKGROUND:


-       Since 1987 Montana Shooting Sports Association and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have partnered to make about $25 M in grants available to local shooting ranges.  This wildly popular program has made a huge difference in the availability of safe and suitable places for Montanans to shoot and practice gun (and by extension hunter) safety.
 
-       Early in the program, federal funding was sought but insurmountable red tape from several federal sources made such funding impractical.  For more than a decade, in-state hunting license fees were used to fund the program
 
-       The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has always administered the program and this was confirmed in a State Statute in 1999.
 
-       State funding budgets are confirmed every two years (the Legislature meets every two years).
 
-       In the last two funding cycles, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has diverted nearly all of this funding from the State budget for other purposes not budgeted by the Legislature such as employee pay raises.
 
-       This year the State Legislature is considering proposing putting the money they authorize for shooting ranges into a separate account to be used ONLY for shooting ranges.
 
-       The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks objects to this, claiming it violates the Pittman Robertson (Wildlife Restoration) Act that is the basis for federal collection of Excise Taxes on guns, ammunition, archery paraphernalia and certain imports.  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service Excise Tax administrators who have threatened to deny all Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds (over $27M last year) if the State tells their own agency where to spend the money they authorize for shooting ranges.  As a result, the State’s own wildlife agency is fixing to oppose the State legislature and Governor’s exercise of their duly elected and sworn duty to exercise oversight and set priorities OVER THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE STATE AGENCY THEY ESTABLISHED, AUTHORIZED, FUND AND FOR WHICH THEY (THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR) ARE THE SOURCE OF THEIR POWER AND CONTINUING OPERATION.
 
FURTHER FEDERAL BACKGROUND:
 
-       The US Fish and Wildlife Service Office that was notified by the State agency was the Federal Aid Program.  This State Excise Tax oversight office is the very office that “saw no evil, heard no evil, and said no evil” twenty years ago when their political bosses stole $45 to 60M of the Excise Taxes from the state agencies (and you and me and our wildlife programs financed by our license dollars and equipment purchases) and then used the money secretly to capture Canadian wolves and release them in Yellowstone plus open a new office in California to all but share space with the environmental extremist and animal rights radical organizations that were replacing the historic wildlife management and wildlife users organizations as federal partners.  Both the wolves and the office had been turned down by Congress and were refused authorization before the appointees, bureaucrats and the administration decided to simply steal the money, release the wolves and build the new office anyway.
 
-       This federal office oversees the operation of state wildlife agencies for compliance with Excise Tax uses named as “eligible” in the law and the operation of the state wildlife agency activities and uses of license revenue to remain eligible for their annual share or “Apportionment” of available Excise Taxes based on their area and the sale of hunting licenses in the state.  Historic violations included Excise Tax or license dollars used to purchase vehicles for state motor pools; or such funds used to pay state parks’ employees; or hatchery fish or upland birds released on the private property of donors and politicians; or lands purchased with such funds used to build a prison; or revenue from timber sales on such lands put in the General Treasury; or selling wildlife for profit.  These are examples of “diversions” and were supposed to be detected by audits by the overseers every five years as required by the law.  Despite this requirement, the twenty years preceding the theft of the $45 to 60M were marked by the all-but disappearance of any audits, a hiatus that was welcomed by federal and state bureaucrats as their working “relationship” became closer and closer and more and more “informal”.  When the theft of the money was exposed by a Government ACCOUNTING Office Audit, an audit firm was hired to audit every state wildlife agency and then to re-establish a 5-year cycle as required by law, corruption again reared its ugly head.  Less than 3 years into the audits, the auditors had had found millions of dollars in “diversions”; the states were screaming (quietly); and federal bureaucrats wanted no more scandals: so the auditors were fired for being “behind schedule” and the Interior Department Inspector General who was simultaneously responsible for overseeing US Fish and Wildlife Service (?) was then “hired” to resume the audits.  Needless to say, the “diversions” were evidently “mistakes” and never reported; and that particular Inspector General was introduced later by President Obama at his first State of the Union as the “New Inspector General for the Stimulus Program” that consisted of billions and which, like the state PR audits, was found to be as pure as the driven snow.
 
-       An “Acting Chief” of the above Office responded to the letter from the Director of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks about shooting ranges and how those mean old Legislators and the Governor were about to tell the all-wise and smarter-than-everybody-else agency what to do!  Imagine!  Well, the
“Acting” (federal) Chief in what can only be described as an arrogant and laughable (if everyone rolls over for him) way said in his “view” (??) such administration by the State elected officials would “render Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks ineligible for further participation in the benefits (i.e. Excise Tax funding) of the (Wildlife and Sport Fish Program)”. 
 
He told the downtrodden State Director that, in “our (federal government?, USFWS?, Solicitor?, a frog in his pocket?) view the (sic Montana) FWP would suffer a loss of control of its hunting and fishing license revenues” if the proposed bill was passed.  All the State Director does is to tell the State officials that he will therefore be compelled to oppose the attempt by the Governor and Legislature to tell him (and “his” employees) what to do or how to do it.  The fact that the State Director offered no blowback to the federal threat is, take my word, a clue.
 
Two reasons given for this federal threat to deny any future Excise Tax sharing are taken from the Code of Federal Regulations govern the PR Act in the letter:
1.)  “Revenue from hunting and fishing licenses (must) be controlled only by the State Fish and Wildlife Agency.”
Does this mean that the Governor or Legislature cannot set priorities and expenditures for lawful and eligible Wildlife and Fisheries activities?  Of course not!  Can anyone argue that this Excise Tax program for conservation has contained within it for over 70 years an authority for federal bureaucrats to not merely assure that State governments did not MISUSE Excise Tax and Licenses dollars BUT TO DENY STATE GOVERNMENTS ANY ROLE IN THE ACTIVITIES AND PRIORITIES THEREOF FOR THEIR WILDLIFE AGENCY TO PURSUE JUST, LEGITIMATE AND ELIGIBLE (UNDER THE PR ACT) FISH AND WILDLIFE PROJECTS (that both the Act and the State agency share and agree on?  Since when did the responsibility to assure compliance intended to protect “Eligible Uses” of Excise Tax and License dollars morph into a federal bureaucrat power to tell the duly elected officials of a State government to stand down because the federal bureaucrats doesn’t agree with their and the people of the state’s priorities?
2.)  “Revenues from hunting and fishing licenses can only be used for administration of the State fish and wildlife agency which includes only the functions required to manage the agency and the fish and wildlife related resources for which the agency has authority under State law” and, “A State becomes ineligible to receive the benefits of the Act if it diverts hunting and fishing license revenue from purposes other than the agency’s administration.”  Really?
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was given the administration authority over shooting ranges by the Montana Legislature in 1999.
But, I am sure you are thinking, what about the federal view of shooting ranges especially in these days of gun control hysterics and the most anti-gun administration in my lifetime?
The PR Act and the Regulations promulgated under it define “Eligible Uses” of Excise Tax dollars and license revenues as “Constructing, operating and maintaining recreational firearms shooting and archery ranges” right alongside other eligible uses such as, “Management of wild bird and mammal populations”, “Managing wildlife habitat”, and “Providing public use that benefits from Wildlife Resources”. 
So the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has the authority to manage shooting ranges and shooting ranges in totality are an “eligible use” under the federal Act and under State law, and the Governor and Legislature simply want more emphasis on it and for the agency to stop diverting shooting range money from where the State Legislators direct.  How does the federal bureaucrat suggest they do that other than what they are considering?  Will the federal bureaucrat pay for it like “the People” want?  Will the federal bureaucrat even allow the Governor and State Legislature to even speak with these ostensible crybaby employees or will they just get their priorities from Washington henceforth?  Federal priorities for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, given their way, span everything from wolves and grizzly “management” in accord with federal dictates to fooling a hostile Montana public into allowing federal “free-roaming buffalo” to be loosed like Yellowstone wolves once were and for eventually the State to “assume management” (how sweet that sounds) of the latest federal imposition following federal dictates on rural Montana in cahoots with State employees.  All that takes money and Lord knows Montanans may want shooting ranges but federal bureaucrats want gun control and control of these ostensible “State” agencies AND their license revenue And their Excise Tax dollars to do what Montanans are obviously too dense to realize they should be doing if only they could see “the big picture”.
Finally, I had some extraneous, but I believe relevant, thoughts as I wrote this:
-       I note that the State agency is “preparing to argue against HB 234”.  This plus their request to federal overseers and then the absence of any blowback by the state agency to argue for the State (and evidently NOT the State agency’s) position leads me to believe that this State agency (like many others) is much more of a federal subcontractor agency than a State Agency.  As Struther Martin said in the movie Cool Hand Luke, I think that regarding the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Governor and Legislature have “a failure to communicate”. 
-       State agencies are generally reluctant to identify with “shooting ranges” in these days of national and international environmental and animal rights “awareness”.  Shooting Ranges are generally like Trapping and Animal Control in these regards in that they anger those out to eliminate hunting and fishing and do things like loose free-roaming buffalo on rural Americans.
 
-       Wolves and grizzlies and like critters are loosed on a rural populace by federal bureaucrats and then “turned over” to state (is it their governments or one of these “independent” agencies???) management.  This federally mandated management of these animals is expensive and the federal bureaucrats and State bureaucrats WANT FULL CONTROL OF ALL STATE FUNDS AND PRIORITIES WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY TO STATE GOVERNMENTS OR STATE TAXPAYERS.  This is not unrelated to these federal PR bureaucrats and State agency bureaucrats colluding to do just that with STATE LICENSE FUNDING EXPENDITURES AND PRIORITIES.
 
-       Federal bureaucrats these days accrue significant political and career benefits from enacting ways to further restrict gun uses, gun availability and ammunition supplies. Examples are – The secret negotiations by the State Department under Clinton and Kerry to negotiate a UN Small Arms Treaty that will shrink or abolish the 2nd Amendment.  The Fast and Furious federal gun-running scheme into Mexico intended to create justification for more gun control that has never been explained.  Closure by EPA of the last lead smelter in the US.  Continuous statements by the President and Attorney General about the need to register and confiscate guns, etc…….  Is it not possible that any federal bureaucrats that can establish a PRECEDENT to abolish any vestige of State control of their state wildlife agency, or their state wildlife license revenue, or such agency’s activities, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY POINT THE WAY ON HOW TO STOP AND REVERSE THE GROWTH OF SHOOTING RANGES might not at least be in line for a bonus and maybe an eventual promotion and all that portends?  I do not doubt that this is involved in this whole tug of war between the government of Montana on the one hand and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks & US Fish and Wildlife Service “partners” on the other.
 
Consider YOUR State wildlife agency.  It gets Excise Taxes and dances to a federal tune that is steadily pushing YOU and YOUR STATE GOVERNMENT out of the picture.  If Montana succumbs here; whether because of State employees that serve Washington and not your state government or because of federal bureaucrats that have silenced your organizations and are working so closely with your enemies that you won’t see what is happening until it is too late is immaterial: you will be like that lonesome German noted in the early 1940’s, “when they came for me, no one was there”.  Truly we are all Montanans in these regards.
 
Allow me two analogies: State wildlife agencies are becoming like that famous horse Lincoln once noted was bucking and got his foot caught in the stirrup and his rider (the Governor, Legislature and people of the state) leaned over and told him if he will just calm down, “I will get off so you can get up”.
 
The federal agencies (US Fish and Wildlife Service with its ESA and easement schemes with radicals; the US Forest Service with its Roadless/Wilderness/Grazing Shutdowns/Logging & Timber Management Elimination; BLM with its Bundy Fiascoes and selective use and management shutdowns; and National Park Service with its Viewsheds/Historic Zones/Total anti-natural resource management and use mission) are like Oscar Wilde’s famous Picture of Dorian Gray.  He was an outwardly handsome and wealthy man that made a pact with the devil that his secret life of corruption and vice would only be noted on a painting of himself hidden away in his attic while he stayed forever young and spotless.  Just as Dorian met an horrific end, so too will these federal agencies that are operating on a no longer real image that was once true but any longer simply conceals an existence of harm to people and abuse of power that will eventually end in something much worse than anyone imagines.
 
Jim Beers
17 February 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Water Compact - Who Gets What?

TRIBES SPEND MILLIONS ON HIGH POWERED PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN ENGINEERED BY AN EXPENSIVE DC LOBBYING AGENCY TO SUPPORT A MONTANA WATER COMPACT BEING HEAVILY OPPOSED BY PRIVATE WATER RIGHT OWNERS.
February 8, 2015—-by Fred Kelly Grant, Chairman of Board and CEO Stand and Fight Club Inc.

Many historically significant battlefields are visited annually in Montana.  Today, another historic battle is being fought over water, and the battle field is the Montana statehouse.   A water compact between the United States, the state of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will award even off reservation water rights to the Tribes.  Some opponents of the Compact say that the Tribes will be given the right to direct distribution of water even off reservation.  A reading of the convoluted 1600 page compact seems to support their belief.
It would be a big mistake for owners of private water rights outside the state of Montana to overlook the importance of this hotly contested water issue.  If successful in their efforts, legislative supporters of the compact will create a pattern that will endanger private rights wherever private, Tribal and federal water interests collide.
Private property owners throughout the state have voiced strong objections to the compact sponsored by a senator who formerly opposed the compact concept.  In an email exchange with a constituent, the sponsor explains that after “several hundred hours” of study, he sees the wisdom in negotiating the off-reservation Tribal rights.  But so far, I haven’t been able to detect significant changes in the compact that would protect private water rights, and there is no explanation by supporters of where those changes are located in the document.
One worry I would have as a Montanan would be the extensive immunity from liability the producers of the compact and the bill to implement it give themselves.  I don’t believe in 50 years in the business, I have ever seen such an all-out, all inclusive effort by drafters and supporters to give themselves immunity.  I would always worry if a proponent of a legislative or administrative act says:  “What we are doing is straight legal and constitutional, but if that isn’t clear, we want it absolutely clear that we are not responsible for the unconstitutionality and we want it even clearer that we are immune from liability for creating an unconstitutional taking.”
Unsatisfied with the sponsor’s answer to him, the constituent from Troy Montana made this statement:
Our corporate attorney for several decades has passed
away, but I still remember one of his favorite statements that fits many
situations – He said every negotiation, no matter what it was in regards
to, ended by answering the question of
Who Gets What? Since well over 2
million dollars has been spent for advertising to attempt to convince the
people to accept this compact, who is paying that and what do they get?
Many people of influence have changed their mind after meeting with the
tribes or the feds or both, all of which begs the question –
Who Gets What?
One thing that is clear here is that we do know that  high-power DC lobbying, public relations company, Mercury, is getting $1 million dollars to run the campaign to persuade the legislators to vote “yes” and to persuade the Montana citizenry that everything is kosher about a “yes” vote. And, we know that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes entered into the contract to pay the million to Mercury.  In addition, they have set aside another $1.8 million dollars for other unspecified public events (to be run by Mercury, one wonders?) . . . . . . . . . . . . 
“Wake up, Montana, before special interests; Uncle Sam and/or the Salish Kootenai buy enough advertising to convince your legislator to capitulate to their demands.  Make no mistake—they want it all. and too many people we have sent to Helena seem willing to help them get it.   The U.S. Justice Department has never backed off from representing tribal interests on the reservations—now the Compact opens the door to a whole new playing field.  It makes perfect sense for the federal government to ante up 1.2 billion dollars if it can buy them the ability to see that control of water in the entire Clark Fork Basin is placed within their grasp as custodians of tribal interests. Water is today’s gold!”

Friday, February 13, 2015

ernie wayne ter Telgte to Motor Vehicle Division

The following letter was mailed by US Postal mail to the Motor Vehicle Division in Helena by ernie wayne ter Telgte in response to a letter they sent out which you can see at this link:

http://www.lincolncountywatch.org/coverlettercure.pdf

Can some person explain to me why STATE OF MONTANA has de-clared pre-deceasement onto it's citizen CIVILITER MORTUUS ?

A notice to the TRUSTEE of the TRUST: STATE OF MONTANA :
Greetings.
This notice is to inform the above TRUSTEE, whose NAME is un-known to me, that a TRUST document, referring to a TRUST: ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE, and bearing a LICENSE OF TRUST #1004319614115, and further claim that scribe trust was created, by a parent trust: STATE OF MONTANA, on 10-15-1961; and that , due to said trust's failure to pay a levied fine against it, it's license to navigate has been posted indefinitely by the TRUSTEE: STATE OF MONTANA, who is the trusty that was required, by law, to appear and / or pay any costs / fines / fees, etc., such as this, associated to TRUST: ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE:
i must , by law, cause the clarification to this seemingly clouded title: ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE, CORPORATE TRUST:

1. i am by nature, caused to be a living man;
2. all allegations contrary to this instantly place such allegors under burden of proof;
3. i deny the ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE TRUST as to be i, or represent 'i', in any way;
4. any appearance contrary to #3, cause engagement of #2, resulting in lack of full disclosure on part of STATE OF MONTANA as claiming creationary status of life;
5. any attempt of any allegor as to cause 'i', FICTITIOUS CORPORATE TRUST : ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE, causes immediate commitance: CAPITAL OFFENSE, as in no way am i qualified for officer positions regarding TRUST:ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE; which causes contrary allegors to be investigated for incompetency as intending to commission and commit GRAND THEFT IDENTITY, 'CAPITE MAXIMA DIMINUTIO';
7. which is, in itself, a capital offense;
8. furthermore, such TRUST: ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE is held under Global/International banking trust law of Rome, and
9. which is ecclesiastical in TRUST FORM/LAW PERTINENT; 1540 a.d.,
10. and held, by CHARTERS of LAWFUL, (OR NOT) OPERATIONS, under the auspices of the current Pope Francis,
11. who retains sole jurisdiction of the aeris (air); and as such, Popes are the only 'entities' who can inflate or deflate such TRUSTS;
12. which such UNITED STATES CHARTER has now been stripped, thru 13 July 2013 papal proclamation: MOTU PROPRIO, of immunity from such #10/#11 inspections of CHARTER; necessitating the setting of a
13. time frame, established by Pope Francis, of 3 years, ending mid 2016, in which:
A) review of all corporate charters B) are being reviewed, by Rome, for C.) the purpose of discovery - "according to charter and lawful"... or not;
14.which will then result in continued operation 'lawful'; OR
15. revocation of said CHARTERS will result in TRUST DEFLATION and
16. Liquidation of assets
17. of which i, the living man, am not , by volunteerism, TRUST CHATTEL; this non-compliance of 'i' to claims of such trust holders, based on lack of full disclosure as noted on page 1, #s 1-4, other #s non exclusive;
18, which brings about then, a necessary investigation into the ENCHARTERMENT: STATE HOOD STATE OF MONTANA into and under as a sub-franchise TRUST CORPORATE 1889; UNITED STATES
19. which investigation reveals the pre-1889 Montana State and it's 1855 Hellgate Treaty Montana territory
20.as to have been FRAUDULENTYLY breached by force of 1871 UNITED STATES / CODE / STATUTES, and was
21. created by the B.A.R. as B.A.R.'S government for occupation of the former 1789 united States, which said
22. B.A.R. colluded and conspired to invade and conquer, via the 1861 - 1865 civil war; (emergency war power act)
23. at the beginning of which, Abraham Lincoln by-passed congress (the IM Mature Body) and proclaimed all States as to be "enemies of the United States,"in perpetuity";
24. which placed all state citizens under Martial Law, forever, and such Martial Law still apparently
25. carried out under the 1864 Lieber Code as conscripted by Francis Lieber and based on " Frank" "Law", vs. "civiliter mortuus", (not a court case;) a phrase;
26. which in Black's 5th means "dead in view of law"; the condition of one who has lost his civil rights and capacities and is accounted dead in law";
27. which, such death is identified in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS: TRUST NAME,
28. and this is the estate trust: State OF MONTANA identifies itself as, and
29. caused by the requirements of the B.A.R. via ENCHARTERMENT: STATEHOOD; united states; 1871 corporate:
30. and which STATEHOOD OF DEATH then identifies it's STATE CITIZENS
31. as estate named: 'DECEASED', entrusted as "CIVILITER MORTUUS",
32. also known as CAPITUS DIMINUTIO MAXIMA, (S.S. = coordinates: "Grave Site"...)
33. there-by leaving the naturally living persons as seemingly DEAD PERSONS & CALLED strawman trust;
34. which is claimed as actual by the STATE OF MONTANA, as it carries on war against it's own citizens,
35. and such war announced upon the face of STATE BIRTH CERTIFICATE at birth of infant, = SUDDEN DEATH', and
36. who is then held as a DECEASE PRISONER OF WAR, 'CIVILITER MORTUUS for entire life, an enemy in perpetuity of the B.A.R.'UNITED STATES'.
37. and which is now endurant of a papal inspection as to "operating according to Charter and Lawfully",
38. which, if the 1871 UNITED STATES CORPORATIONAL CHARTER is revoced
39. then so shall be all sub-charters granted for statehood: STATE OF MONTANA due to incompetency and mal-intent of B.A.R. UNITED STATES
40. followed by Papal deflation of UNITED STATES TRUST, CORP.U.S. 1874;
41. STATE OF MONTANA TRUST;
42. followed by Papal seizure of all/ ALL 'ACTORS AND CONSENTORS to the ACTS of the ACTORS'; "MOTU PROPRIO";
43. followed by liquidation of the assets claimed by such corporate TRUSTS, (assets = citizens as chattel...)
44. and this is why i truthfully and steadfastly deny any claims laid upon ' i ', the naturally living man;
45. further-more, as regards the selfclaimed 'judge' from a court in GALLATIN COUNTi, Dept.1;
46. his name is RICK WEST- JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, & whose oath appears 'non - sub - scribed'; and
47. who is under allegations of corrupt capitalism via the court registry investemt system, aka the 'C.R.I.S. REPORT'; (='fraudulent enrichment')...
48. who was filmed, by KBZK channel 7 Fox News, as he stripped certified C.R.I.S. report documents; 'FIERIES FACIAS' orders of UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, ='Thou Shalt Give Answer!', then
49. which, at that point, Rick West sealed remaining files re:ERNIE WAYNE TERTELGTE TRUST, even
50. forbidding Sheriff Gootkins deputy access to said file, before witnesses;
51. whose staff was complicit in charging a $25.00 access fee prior to outright prohibitance / public file;
52. who wilfully flew the sole (flag) standard of war mari-time in his court, on behalf of B.A.R.'S 1871 UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT;
53. who, due to his own bias, forced himself into a position of having to recuse himself from the next two movements of war that the STATE OF MONTANA thought to bring upon ' i '';
54. who transferred another claimed justice of the peace as a substitute for himself; ARTHUR J. BEHAR,
55. who did commence the appearance of a 1789 Constitutional Common Law Court, laying great claims as to such;
56. and who, by order of RICK WEST, failed to have removed from RICK WEST'S court, the SOLE STANDARD FLAG OF WAR MARITIME; 'MARI CLAUSUM';
57. who, by order of RICK WEST, caused to be forbidden all method of record, which is the purpose of such courts of no record...; for hiding PRIVATE PIRACY... and
58. thru whom, ultimately, i prevailed by presenting ' i ', myself, seen as to be mature, competent, truthful and more honorable than any actors and consentors, resulting
59. in jury ruling of " not guilty" of resisting arrest": TKT # 13-5029;
60. and which was also filmed by KBZK;
61. yet RICK WEST JUSTICE OF THE PEACE an un - "sub-scribed" (under-written) court actor, flagged on by a consentor named MARTY LAMBERT Pro se' cutor for GALLATIN COUNT-i, pursues the living on behest of an ESTATE TRUST STATE OF MONTANA, which voluntarily entered 'CIVILITER MORTUUM; and a greed to be identified as CAPITES MAXIMA DIMINUTION, rolling this onto your citizens; SHAME ON YOU !!! You are a most unwise TRUSTEE, a most despicable EXECUTOR of CAPITAL CRIMES against the people; a malignant BENEFACTOR / BENEFICIARY, governing the living from your own SEPULCHRE : STATE OF MONTANA; A BANKRUPT CORPORATION;
62 how dare you to think that you can tell the living how to live; each must rule themselves well, harming none;
63. yet you have already, gleefully proclaimed 'our DEATHS; and pirateered,
64. thinking nothing of it, DIS-CLAIMING the harms that you conspire and collude to cause; (Leiber Code - Article II...)
65. and so it is, that with great sadness, i now see that STATE OF MONTANA'S evil leadership, beginning 1889, have turned this part of earth into a gian cemetery, laden with legends which really begins at the 1st claim of England upon this soil;
66. and the B.A.R. son's continue to carry forward the standard of BRITAIN as the desires of their mother's country... the B'nai B'rith hold sway via the Union/Jack;...
67. at this point, i have spent "enough time in the "COMPANY OF DEATH"; and now that i know that your TRUST: STATE OF MONTANA is morraly, metally, spiritually, and physically BANDRUPT, incapable of maturity, rendering STATE OF MONTANA an un-fit lender due to fraud,
68. i do here-by revert, rescind, and revoke your STATE OF MONTANA DRIVER LICENSED as a de-funct credit card, which you never had proper backing to 'loan' or issue any "rights" of any kind, whatsoever; and which you FRAUD-ed me thru;
69. and, as is legally advertised and recommended to do in the case of such cards, i have cut it into many small pieces in order that it never can be used by ANY/any, ever again...; and now,
70. as a living son of soil, i go my way in peace; but the white man cannot...

                                                 - ernie wayne; of the old oaks
       * au'gend: "asset" - authority - 1945
                          noun               websters coll. Dict.  p.65:
1) Any 'item' of 'value' 'owned'.
2) That which is a resource; (HUMAN RESOURCE) as in "character" is an asset

me:  STATE OF MONTANA IS A CORPORATE TRUST which CHARACTERIZES ITSELF AS DEATH, IN OWNERSHIP OF IT'S RESOURCES OF DEATH AS IT'S ASSET. Hmmm... i'm not DEAD, 'nor dead. Hmm... i ani't an 'asset...

now look at "assets", and apply this same knowledge: 'DEAD LINE' /'DEADORS'
[af. "asetz"l from old french "asez" = enough; from latin "ad" = 'to' and 'satis' = 'enough']

1) Law:
    A) The property of a deceased person subject by law to the payment of his (it's) debts and legacies. (Legend/Lagan)
* me: 'property'=character: DEAD
-decease'= DEAD='CIVILITER MORTUUS'
-subject = British Administerial 'Law'
- Law = 'Lex Lares': Myths of 'common law'
his='HIS'= Term of Opprobrium: Lifetime of Shame
-HIS = 'HIS"TRUST' - 'he' never owned;
-debts = 'deador' - bLACK'S 5TH & cASELL'S l.d.
-lEGACIES = legend, capital name: DEATH
B) The entire property, = spirit, mind, body of a person, vs. PERSON = Living vs. DEAD CORPORATION, = Corporation = no soul... or estate, = TRUST ESTATE =DEAD applicable to, = voluntarily, or subject to = by force.  BAR UNITED STATES.
the payment of = harvested / grim reaper his or it's debts. = his; it's = DEADOR- Casell'sLatin Dict.& Black's 5th
2) Ac-count-ing:
The items on the balance sheet of a business, showing the book value of it's resources as real property, cash, materials at any given date.

me: items = chattel = dead characters...
-balance = scales= justice = blind to this mess
-sheet = white papers war = alchemy: tranferrance
-business = corporate' = public trust
-showing = theater= actors & consentors
-book=bookies, etc. = the racetrack-1855
-value = assigned = imagined/'claimed'
-it's = IT'S = TRUST ESTATE:DECEASED
-resources=HUMAN ANIMAL as 'Resources'
-real property = material Body DECEASED VS. living immaterial spirit, sould mind; at any 'given date' = not when gambling on a life insurance future's market... until these 'past' evils are 'stabilized' as 'present' for 'futures!!






Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CSKT Water Compact Throws Thousands of Montanans “under the bus”

This letter by the President of the Montana Senate, Senator Debby Barrett, needs to be sent out to everyone in Montana, who need to send it to each and every legislator From their area.  SEND THIS OUT UNTIL YOUR FINGERS BLEED.
Paul Stramer

Note:  our sincerest thanks to Senator Debby Barrett President of the Montana Senate, for this OpEd piece concerning the water compact.  It has gone out to newspapers state wide.  It is wonderful to know that our voices have not gone unheard.  Share this with everyone you know!!!!!!!!!!
CSKT Water Compact throws thousands of Montanans “under the bus”
By: Senator Debby Barrett
As a rancher with deep roots on a family place in southwest Montana, I know something about the importance of history—and water rights.  I also understand negotiation and compromise.  That’s why I have served on the state’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission since 2011 and voted for some compacts. However, during my time on the reserved water rights commission, I’ve voted “no” to provisions within this compact on seven occasions.  Here is why I will not support the proposed CSKT Compact.
The Legislature’s role is to examine a proposed compact and decide whether or not to enact it into Montana law.  The Legislature’s responsibility and authority includes amending proposals if necessary, and approving all state costs associated with a compact such as this one. (The price tag of the state’s share on the CSKT compact is $55 million total).  But at an informational meeting held by proponents, the Legislature was warned that it cannot amend the proposal.  It’s a “take it or leave it” deal.
That insult to the constitutional role of the Legislature is enough for me to want to leave it. Other proposed compacts have not been thrust on us, the Legislature, with such arrogance and disrespect for Legislators.  But there are other good reasons, too.
The 2013 Legislature refused to ratify the last CSKT Water Right Compact, for many good reasons concerning its legality and equal treatment of this state’s citizens, both on and off the reservation.  In fact, the primary proponents of the Compact this time concede that the previous version was very flawed and needed to be rejected.
Now, it has been re-introduced, but not much changed or improved.  While one portion of it was somewhat re-negotiated during the interim between the 2013 and the 2015 Legislative Sessions, the result did not improve that portion enough to protect local individual water users, both tribal members and nonmembers, and failed completely to address legal and policy shortcomings, on and off reservation, in the original proposal.
Off the Flathead reservation, these failures include more than a dozen permanent surrenders of the Legislature’s authority over water in Montana, allowing the CSKT to choose whether to obey legislative enactments or not and giving them complete immunity from compliance with important aspects of Montana water and environmental law, including the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).  It also requires the State to give partial ownership of some of its water rights and its contracts for water to the CSKT and to manage those assets for the Tribes’ benefit, rather than all citizens of the State.  In essence, this proposed Compact requires the State to limit its legal authority off the reservation by sharing it with the CSKT--permanently.
On reservation, it gives the CSKT the water right to 110,000 acres of irrigated land owned by individuals, whose irrigation districts have filed on that same water right.  It also reduces irrigation water to many if not all these irrigators, who are tribal members and nonmembers, and it establishes a unique water administration code and governing body, with the State of Montana again compromising its constitutional authority over water rights.
I recognize there are powerful supporters of SB 262, including some elected officials who managed to negotiate changes to the proposals, protecting their constituents at home.  Having heard the evidence as a member of the Compact Commission, I believe the off-reservation in stream flow water rights the Compact gives are not scientifically based or well-grounded in law or history.  But I also recognize that the CSKT and their public relations people have artfully threatened much of the state with water right filings for in stream flows if the Legislature doesn’t simply accept this “take it or leave it” deal.
As a rancher and a Senator who values little ahead of private property rights, I think I know when to call a bluff, and when to stand my ground no matter what.  This is such a time.  Not all values and principles should be compromised away.  I do not believe my fellow ranchers and farmers really want to turn their backs on the thousands of Montanans whose property, including water rights, will be devastated by this proposal.
The proposed CSKT compact is the perfect example of overreaching in negotiations, causing their failure.  The CSKT and federal government on their behalf demanded too much, and the Compact Commission negotiators surrendered too much.  As a state we tried for years to negotiate a deal good for all.  In this compact alone, that has proven to be impossible.  So, it’s time to recognize that this compact is not going to work, and we must prepare to protect the State’s rights, interests,  and sovereignty.  This compact is not just poor policy, sacrificing the rights of thousands of Montanans to protect the rest of the state is the worst policy possible.
Senator Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, is an eight-term lawmaker representing Senate District 36 in the Montana Legislature.  She serves as Senate President for the 64th legislative session.

And here is a message for Governor Bullock and the Montana Legislators who will be voting on this compact.



Published on Feb 7, 2015
Elaine Willman, author of 'Going to Pieces: The Dismantling of the United States of America' says the CSKT Water Compact is like ObamaCare over water in Montana. We must protect Montana's water for ALL Montanans.