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Native Americans wanted to re-introduce bison to the Pe'Sla land.
Native Americans wanted to re-introduce bison to the Pe'Sla land.
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April 19, 2016

State Appeals Pe'Sla Trust Land Decision

The land known as Pe'Sla, located west of Rapid City, almost became federal trust land last week, but KOTA TV reports that the state of South Dakota will file an appeal..

Four tribes -- Rosebud, Crow Creek, Standing Rock and Shakopee -- bought the 2,300 acres in the middle of the Black Hills for $9 million in 2012. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs had decided to grant the request for trust status to the land, formerly known as Reynolds Ranch. 

Efforts to gain control of the sacred land included an Indiegogo campaign. If they win the appeal and are granted trust status, the tribes plan to re-introduce bison into the area, as was done at the South Unit of Badlands National Park.

More stories on Native Americans can be found in the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.

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