Dream of nation's first tribal national park in South Dakota crumbling as talks break down


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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — An effort to create the nation's first tribal national park in southwestern South Dakota has degenerated into a bureaucratic standoff.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the National Park Service have worked for years on a plan to turn the South Unit of Badlands National Park and surrounding land into a tribal national park, and to introduce a herd of buffalo.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1EUJl6o ) the tribe has now passed a resolution halting its participation in the project. The resolution also seeks to remove the national park designation from the South Unit. Tribal Councilman Chancy Wilson says, "We want the National Park Service off our reservation."

The Park Service is withholding $442,000 of the tribe's share of park gate receipts because of the tribe's failure to produce required reports.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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