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Tribes oppose oil field development near sacred Bear Butte
lower brule sioux
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011
South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment
is considering an application for an oil field near sacred Bear Butte.
The board previously approved a permit for Nakota Energy to develop 960 acres near the site. But the decision failed to comply with state law so it was reopened.
Tribal leaders told the board that the oil field will interfere with religious practices at Bear Butte. "There is a lot of land in South Dakota and there are areas much more suited to be exploited if that is the desire of the state," said Michael Jandreau, chairman of the
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
, the Associated Press reported.
The board will make a decision after its May 18 meeting.
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