At the April 18 meeting of the Fall River County Commission, the Oglala Sioux Tribe requested a section of land, known as Flint Hills, be placed into trust, reports the Hot Springs Star. The land is located near the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe made a request to place the Flint Hills land into trust seven years ago. Fall River County as well as Attorney General Marty Jackley denied the request. The Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the Tribe objected to the request, but no formal appeal was made.
Fall River County Commissioners raised concerns about jurisdictional issues for law enforcement if the land were placed into federal trust status. State’s attorney Jim Sword indicated that a federal arrangement was made for law enforcement at Pe Sla in the Black Hills, which was recently placed into trust.
While the county did not issue a decision on the trust issue, the Flint Hills land was placed into agricultural status for 2017 at the subsequent equalization hearing.
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