Noem reintroduces bill to give control of cemeteries back to com - KOTA Territory News

Noem reintroduces bill to give control of cemeteries back to communities

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Communities around the Black Hills could soon be in charge of their local historic cemeteries.

That's if legislation reintroduced by South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem passes Congress.

"It transfers ownership of those cemeteries from the forest service back to the communities so that they can take care of them and really administrate the land as they see fit. It's taking federal property and giving it back to those areas who really truly want to preserve and protect the cemeteries for historic reasons," said Noem.

Noem says the bill is scheduled for the House floor in the next couple of weeks. She expects it to pass, as it did last year.

The bill previously failed in the Senate, but Noem expects it to have enough support to pass this year.

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