Yankton Sioux group runs to Pipestone National Monument
Members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe are running from South Dakota to the Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota.

The group left the Treaty of 1858 Monument in Greenwood this morning. They plan to arrive in Minnesota by Monday to oppose attempts to limit tribal access to the pipestone in the monument.

“We’ve got to be able to control access to our own spiritual resources,” Allen Hare, a transportation planner for the tribe, told The Mitchell Daily Republic.

Hare said the National Park Service wants to limit access to the pipestone, which members of numerous tribes have used for centuries to make sacred pipes and other items.

The tribe also opposes the use of pipestone to make commercial items.

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Runners head to Minnesota to protest use of pipestone (The Mitchell Daily Republic 6/4)