North Dakota opposes return of Army Corps land to tribe

The state of North Dakota continues to oppose the return of 24,000 acres to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

The tribe lost the land when the Garrison Dam was created in 1953. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to return the acreage around Lake Sakakawea.

Gov. John Hoeven (R) said the state wants Congress, not the Army Corps, to authorize the transfer. After a meeting with tribal leaders, he said legislation is needed to address certain issues such as land access and weed control.

Chairman Marcus Wells Jr. said the tribe isn't opposed to an act of Congress, as long as the process isn't delayed further.

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