August 17, 2019

PSC wants feds to hold hearings on Salish Kootenai Dam transfer

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*Editor’s Note* – Please use the following links if you need help in understanding why Jackson and Keenan might fear links to Turkey by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes could create security risks.

This link takes you to a previous article – the corrected one – explaining ties between the two entities: “Its assertions are rooted in the efforts of the Turkish government and Turkish-American organizations to establish business and cultural exchanges with Native Americans.”

Former state Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, and state Sen. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork, filed suit to stop transfer of the dam to the tribes on Sept. 3. They maintained the move could result in the Turkish government seeking raw nuclear materials on U.S. soil to blow up the dam or other targets.

Later in the month, a U.S. District Court judge rejected the argument, ruling Jackson and Keenan “failed to raise any fact or point to any evidence in the application for transfer that would materially call into question (the tribes’) suitability to serve as licensee.”

Source: PSC wants feds to hold hearings on Salish Kootenai Dam transfer

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