FROM THE ARCHIVE

Appeals court hears Sioux land transfer case

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2003

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments today in a case seeking to stop the transfer of federal land to the state of South Dakota.

Federal law mandates the transfer but tribes say it violates their treaty rights. The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, joined by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, want the federal-state deal halted.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied the tribal request for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The appeal of that decision will be argued today.

The case is Crow Creek Tribe v. White, Thomas E., No. 02-5049.

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