South Dakota approves development by sacred Bear Butte

After two days of hearing from tribes and other parties, the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment approved an application for an oil field near sacred Bear Butte.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Michael Jandreau, Rosebud Sioux Tribe council member Russell Eagle Bear, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe council member Jesse Taken Alive and Northern Cheyenne Tribe historic preservation officer Conrad Fisher urged the board to reject the application from Nakota Energy. They said the oil field will harm the place where they pray and make offerings.

“To the Cheyenne this is the center of the universe,” Fisher told the board, The Mitchell Daily Republic reported.

The board approved the application anyway but placed a limit of five wells.

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