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South Dakota fights Lower Brule land-into-trust


The state of South Dakota continues to fight the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe over a land-into-trust application dating from 1990.

The tribe is seeking to acquire 91 acres of historical property. "There's a deep relationship with that land. Our dead lie buried on part of that land," Chairman Michael Jandreau told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

But state attorney general Larry Long believes the tribe shouldn't be able to acquire off-reservation land. He claims the land-into-trust process was meant to help tribes consolidate on-reservation interests.

The court's haven't been buying Long's arguments. But the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar has given state officials a chance to argue for limits on the land-into-trust process.

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