Daines Leads Bill to Support Crow Tribe, Prevent Bull Mountains Mine Shutdown

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced the “Crow Revenue Act,” which fixes long-standing inholdings on the Crow Reservation, provides revenue to the Crow Tribe, and helps ensure the Bull Mountains Mine continues to operate and provide jobs and revenue to the local community.

“The Crow Revenue Act is a win-win for Montana communities. Not only will we help preserve the jobs and economic impact from the Bull Mountains Mine in Musselshell County, it will also bring in new revenue for the Crow Tribe to help support their communities.” said Daines.

“The Crow Revenue Act benefits all of Montana. It’s a commonsense solution that provides certainty and revenue to the Crow Tribe and allows access to vital energy resources in our state. I applaud Senator Daines for bringing this bill and I strongly support its passage,” said Governor Gianforte.

Click HERE for bill text and HERE for a one pager on the bill. 

Letters of Support:

Local Montana Senators and Representatives

Crow Tribe

Signal Peak Energy

The Hope Family

City of Roundup

Big Horn County Commission

Yellowstone County Commission

Montana Association of Oil, Gas, & Coal Counties

Background:

The “Crow Revenue Act” would transfer approximately 4,660 acres of private subsurface inholdings (Hope Family Tracts) on the Crow Reservation to the Crow Tribe of Montana in exchange for 4,530 acres of federal subsurface and 940 acres of federal surface interests in Musselshell County (Bull Mountains Tracts). The bill would also require that the Crow Tribe and the Hope Family enter into a Revenue Sharing Agreement for any interests developed in the Bull Mountains Tracts.

Similar to the bipartisan “Northern Cheyenne Lands Act” signed into law in 2014 that supported the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the “Crow Revenue Act” fixes long standing inholdings on the Crow Reservation while also providing much-needed revenue to the Crow Tribe and certainty for the Bull Mountains Mine in Musselshell County.