Editorial: End fight against Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) should drop his fight against the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader says in an editorial.

Rounds is opposed to the tribe's request to have 91 acres placed in trust. But the paper says he should work with chairman Michael Jandreau on taxation issues.

"There's just too much at risk for all sides in this if the U.S. Supreme Court eventually rules on the dispute," the paper says.

The state has been fighting the decision for more than a decade.

Get the Story:
Settle tribal land issue (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 6/18)

Court Decision:
STATE OF S. DAKOTA v. US DEP'T OF INTERIOR, No. 01-3611 (8th Cir. February 03, 2003)

Recent Court Pleadings:
Opening Brief: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (2/19) | Brief: State of South Dakota (4/8) | Brief: Department of Justice (4/9) Reply: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (5/8)

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