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Oglala Sioux Tribe faces questions on management of park land





The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is facing opposition to its plan to manage the South Unit of the Badlands National Park.

The 133,300-acre South Unit lies entirely within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The land was taken from the tribe during World War II, and more than 800 people were forced to leave with just a week's notice.

The Obama administration supports the tribe's management of the land. But some tribal members are questioning plans to introduce bison to the land and whether ranchers will be affected.

A minister has filed an injunction in tribal court in hopes of stopping the plan.

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