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Cheyenne River compensation bill up for House hearing

A bill to provide members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe compensation for damage suffered by the Missouri River is up for a hearing in the House on Wednesday.

The tribe lost 8 percent of its reservation when the Oahe Dam and Reservoir was created by the federal government. Congress later passed a bill to provide a $290 million trust fund to compensate the tribe for the damages.

H.R.3558 allows tribal members to tap into the fund. It also makes changes to the way the fund is handled.

The hearing is before the House Resources Committee's Water and Power subcommittee. It will be broadcast online at

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Bill proposes compensation for tribe (The Rapid City Journal 7/11)

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