Developers: Shooting range near Bear Butte still on
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Developers have told a federal judge that plans for a shooting range near sacred Bear Butte are still on.

The developers have lost federal funds for the project. The state returned the money after a Department of Housing and Urban Development audit showed the state misrepresented Census data.

Seven tribes and the Defenders of the Black Hills filed suit to stop the shooting range. Tribal members go to Bear Butte to pray, make offerings and hold ceremonies.

A second lawsuit challenged the use of HUD funds for the range. Developers want this case dismissed, since they plan to use private funds.

Get the Story:
Judge asked to dismiss shooting range suit (AP 12/16)

Relevant Links:
Defenders of the Black Hills -

Related Stories:
Plans for shooting range near Bear Butte on hold (12/02)
Developers face deadline on proposed shooting range (11/14)
S.D. commission bans hunting at sacred site (11/07)
Janklow thought of shooting range by sacred site (10/17)
Janklow defends use of grant for shooting range (10/16)
S.D. governor says shooting range grant was OK (10/13)
Lakota group seeks protection of Black Hills (09/19)
S.D. to return grant for Bear Butte shooting range (09/19)
Federal funds used for shooting range near sacred site (03/25)
Judge to hear tribal suit against shooting range (3/19)
Four tribes file lawsuit to stop shooting range (03/04)

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