Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lawmakers oppose easement at Bear Butte

Sep 23 2008 6:33PM
Associated Press
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) Some South Dakota lawmakers say they continue to oppose any state involvement in a proposed easement that would protect the west side of Bear Butte from development.

During a legislative committee meeting in Pierre, Representative Thomas Brunner (BROO'-nur) of Nisland said he believes the Game, Fish and Parks Department should not be involved in any easement at Bear Butte.

The Legislature earlier this year rejected Governor Rounds' plan to use state money to help finance an easement that would prevent development on ranch land near Bear Butte, which is a sacred religious site for many American Indian tribes.

State officials are still looking for an alternate source of money to finance the easement.

By AP Writer Chet Brokaw (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP 09-23-08 1827CDT |


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