MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Salish Kootenai Water Rights Compact would provide $55 million dollars of state money to upgrade the reservation's water system and give the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes control of the water in (and some outside) the reservation; citing an 1855 treaty. 

A New York Times article today outlined the divide the compact is causing and describes it as bewilderingly complex.  

The Salish Kootenai Tribes told the New York Times the compact would avoid expensive legal battles with the families of homesteaders.  

Farmers are quoted as saying their allotments in the deal would not be half enough of what they need.

Governor Steve Bullock supports the compact but the legislature recently turned it back.