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Tribal National Park Draft Legislation Progressing

December 19, 2013, 9:46 AM

Tribal National Park Draft Legislation Progressing
RAPID CITY, SD -

National Park Service officials working on a proposed tribal national park in South Dakota say they hope to have draft legislation ready early next year.

The federal agency and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have been working on making the South Unit of Badlands National Park into the first tribally managed national park in the country. Park Service officials met with tribal officials in Rapid City on Wednesday to further discussions.

Park Superintendent Eric Brunnemann says the negotiations are confidential.

Tribal supporters of the park plan see it as an economic development opportunity, with a Lakota cultural center and large bison herd drawing visitors.

Cattle ranchers in the region fear the loss of their grazing rights and a good future for their descendants.

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