Al Olszewski represents a chance to examine the CSKT Compact afresh

| May 26, 2020 8:31 AM

To the editor:

Regardless of one’s position on the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Compact, and no matter the fate of the CSKT Compact proposed by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in Congress, there are several remaining related issues that the next governor of Montana will face. These issues involve protection of the water rights of all Montanans against additional federal encroachment set in motion by the CSKT Compact and unresolved by the proposed federal legislation.

Pondering problem solving, Albert Einstein stated that, “We cannot solve our problems using the same thinking we used when we created them.” In my opinion, this insight rules out Attorney General Tim Fox and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte as the next governor of Montana.

The CSKT Compact was developed under Fox’s watch, and neither recognize that there were or are any problems with the compact. Both are avid supporters of the Daines-Tester bill, which only adds more problems onto the original CSKT Compact.

The only gubernatorial candidate that recognizes the work still to be done on the CSKT Compact at the state level is Dr. Al Olszewski. He is not part of that old thinking that produced these problems. Instead, he would bring fresh, creative, courageous and unifying leadership to protect the water resources and citizens of Montana.

Catherine Vandemoer