Council Dispatch #24 – August 31, 2021 minutes

  • Salish Kootenai Housing Authority

Council approved the submission of a $1.75 million grant to the Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat Program as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to build small homes at the Maggie Ashley Trailer Park to address homelessness and overcrowding. The greatest needs were found in Ronan, Polson and Pablo. SKHA will hold a public comment period.

  • Kidney Keepers Klondike Relay Team

A free group-use permit was granted to the CSKT Kidney Keepers Klondike Relay Team to host the Big River Run along the Flathead River set for October 16.

  • Natural Resources Department

Council approved a revision of PMP #11 change order 2 via Agreement No. 16-141 to extend the completion date for a feasibility study at Mission Dam to March 31, 2022.

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The 2021-2022 hunt season and regulations for the Yellowstone Bison Hunt, which requires orientation for new hunters only, was passed by Council.

  • Water Compact

A resolution was authorized for the execution of waivers under the Montana Water Rights Protection Act. Work has been done with the Interior Department to complete the execution of the water compact. The Montana Water Court set a status conference for final decree on September 21. One requirement of the water settlement contained waivers that will become effective once the compact is executed. 

  • BPA

An MOA between CSKT and BPA was approved.

  • Supporting Letter

Council approved a letter supporting the appointment of Will Meeks as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director for Region 7.

  • Food Sovereignty

Montana State University Buffalo Nations Food System Initiative coordinator and advisory council members provided an update on the Buffalo Nations Food System Imitative at MSU. Council was invited to the new MSU American Indian Hall grand opening September 16.

  • Tribal Lands Department

Five motions passed regarding various issues including: a gift deed between relatives, pursuit of an option with the former Smoke Shop in Ronan, showing interest in 300 acres along Highway 93, approval of the fall bid, and direction to pursue the purchase of Whiskey Trail.

  • Security Office

The security team prepared a training schedule that was approved by Council.

  • Disabled Hunter Assistance

Council approved a request for a tribal member to receive big game hunting assistance from a non-enrolled family member.

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