S.D. commission bans hunting at sacred site
Friday, November 7, 2003

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Thursday banned hunting at sacred Bear Butte.

Tribes in the Plains come to Bear Butte to pray, hold ceremonies and make offerings. Tribal members urged the commission to adopt the band which to Bear Butte and most of the state park surrounding it.

A group of tribes and Lakota activists are battling a shooting range that is proposed near Bear Butte. The state of South Dakota has returned federal funds it was using to start the project.

Get the Story:
Commission bans hunting at Bear Butte (AP 11/6)

Relevant Links:
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S.D. to return grant for Bear Butte shooting range (09/19)
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