The Pennington County Commission approved putting nearly three square miles of Pe'Sla sacred land into federal trust, Rapid City Journal reports. Doing so would release the land from the county's tax roll. The final vote was 3-2 with Commissioners Deb Hadcock, Nancy Trautman and Lyndell Petersen approving the notion.
Commissioners George Ferebee, who voted against putting the land in federal trust, cited his reasons as concern over how emergency medical treatment would be provided. He also stated the land should be exempt from taxes but still be privately owned. Ron Buskerud, who also voted against putting the land in federal trust, said only the portion of land used for religious activities should be exempt from taxation.
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