State puts brakes on Pe' Sla trust status move

Published: Apr. 18, 2016 at 5:07 PM CDT
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A four-year effort to put tribal property in the Black Hills into federal trust is on hold today after Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state will appeal the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision.

last month the BIA granted trust status to the former Reynolds Ranch now known as Pe' Sla.

The decision was to become permanent last week -- if there were no appeals.

But the state announced it plans to appeal.

The Rosebud, Crow Creek, Standing Rock and Shakopee bought 2,300 hundred acres for about $9 million in 2012.

The tribes consider the land sacred and plan to put buffalo there.

Since 2012, the Pennington County Commission and other groups negotiated agreements on fire protection and law enforcement jurisdiction.

Federal trust status would mean local governments will give up $80,000 in annual property taxes.

Lead attorney for the tribes, Kurt Blue Dog, said Monday he was “disappointed” in the state's appeal but said he remains hopeful trust status will ultimately be granted. Through a spokesperson the governor declined to comment citing the pending administrative process.

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