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The sun rises over the sacred Pe' Sla prairie near Deerfield Lake.

Final Piece of Pe’ Sla Purchased By Tribes


The final 437 acres of Pe’ Sla are now also owned by the Great Sioux Nation, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The Reynolds family sold 1,900 acres back in the summer of 2012 to the Oceti Sakowin for $9 million, but kept the homestead property.

RELATED: Pe’ Sla Owners Accept $9M Offer from Tribes

The final parcel sold for $2 million, Mark Van Norman, a Maryland-based attorney representing the Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community, Crow Creek, Rosebud and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, told the Rapid City Journal. The tribes still need to raise between $600,000 and $700,000 to pay off the loan.

The tribes have also been meeting with county authorities regarding changing Pe’ Sla’s status as a taxable property, which could take some time, a couple of years, Van Norman told the Journal.

“I’m very comfortable with what we’re doing and the way we’re doing it. I appreciate the fact that we are responsible for establishing a working relationship that will serve the interests of everyone,” Commission Chairman Lyndell Peterson told the Journal on Tuesday.

Lisa Colombe, of the InterTribal Buffalo Council is working on helping tribes to introduce a small buffalo herd to the Pe’ Sla grasslands. The small herd would not only help manage the grassland, but also introduce children to the spiritual significance of the buffalo, reports the Journal.

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