Rapid City Council Supports Converting Federal Land to Tribal Land

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By Stephanie Kayser


Updated: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:03:23 MST

The Rapid City Council approved Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer's request to support them in converting land back from federal trust land to tribal trust land. 

Brewer says that there are approximately 1,200 acres in Rapid City that belong to the federal government that were used as indian land.

The land used to be a sanitarium where people from 16 different tribes were sent to that had tuberculous. The sanitarium later became the Sioux San Hospital.

Brewer is asking for three small parcels of land, one of which is an unmarked cemetery. 

Brewer says he would like to get the land back to have a memorial and honor them in their ways.

"You know we had so many people that died up here and were really hoping that we can do our cultural ceremonies and bury them in a good way," said Brewer.

Also discussed Monday night, the council approved the purchase of a new tract vehicle in lieu of winter Storm Atlas.

The total cost of the vehicle is $95,000.

The purchase of other vehicles will be discussed in the next legal and finance meeting. 

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