The state of South Dakota is getting behind an effort to better protect a monument honoring Chief Iron Nation of the Brule Sioux.
South Dakota State Historical Society trustees have approved a request from the Iron Nation family that a monument erected in 1934 be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Iron Nation was born in February 1815, just years after the Lewis and Clark expedition at a time when white culture was all but unknown along the Missouri River. He died in November 1894 after a tide of homesteaders had turned the prairie over and helped South Dakota become a state.
A decision by the National Park Service is likely to take at least two to three months.
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