Work begins on Crow Reservation water overhaul

Garryowen, Montana (AP) October 2012

Crow officials have broken ground on a water project that will bring irrigation and clean drinking water to nearly 10,000 people on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

The project is the start of an overhaul of the 320-mile reservation irrigation system. The money for the work comes from $461 million the Crow Tribe received as part of the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which was approved by Congress to settle water rights claims with various tribes across the country.

Alden Big Man Jr., the director of the Crow Tribe’s Water Resources Office, told construction workers during a groundbreaking that the event marks a turning point in Crow history. The workers will begin replacing a headgate on Oct. 4, increasing capacity and improving safety for maintenance crews.


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