Hog farm on S.D. reservation draws complaints
Monday, November 17, 2003

Members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are fed up with hog farm located on the reservation.

The farm, operated by Sun Prairie, brought much-needed jobs but tribal members say they are discriminated against because they are Indian. They say they are not paid as much as white workers and are told to work extra hours without pay.

Workers also say the operation is damaging the environment and cruel to the pigs. Reservation residents, and the current tribal administration, oppose plans to expand the farm to be the largest in Indian Country. The tribal council has voted to evict the company and wants the Bureau of Indian Affairs to enforce the order.

Sun Prairie denies the accusations brought by workers and others. The company has a contract with the tribe that promises 25 percent of the farm profits. But according to a former council member, the tribe has received just $11,000.

Court decisions have upheld the tribe's position.

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