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.
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