K.C. Smith’s letter to the editor on Feb. 5 repeats verbatim the misinformation promoted by the opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact.
He asserts that since members of the CSKT are citizens of the U.S., that negotiating the water compact borders on disloyalty. But his allegations are completely hypocritical. The terms of the treaties that he cites to support his wild claims are actually being upheld by, and are the basis for, the compact negotiations.
The tribes gave up vast claims that they were entitled to as stated by the Hellgate Treaty when they negotiated the CSKT Compact. Smith needs a basic understanding of what the words "tribal sovereignty" mean in U.S. law.
It is disappointing to see the blatant misrepresentation of not only the Hellgate Treaty, but also the United States Constitution.