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Tribal leader agrees with dismissal of Hills lawsuit

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The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s president said Tuesday that a federal judge was correct in citing tribal sovereignty in his dismissal of a Black Hills land claim lawsuit.

“The matter of the disagreement between the plaintiffs and the tribes is an internal tribal matter not subject to federal court jurisdiction and is recognition of tribal sovereignty,” RST President Rodney Bordeaux said in a news release.

On Aug. 4, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol denied the claims of about 20 members of various Sioux tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska seeking a share of the Black Hills Claims fund. That fund has grown since its creation to an amount in excess of $650 million.

Bordeaux said the RST council had enacted two resolutions in opposition to the lawsuit. His tribe has “continuously opposed the acceptance of monetary settlement funds for the claim of the Sioux Nation for the wrongful taking of the Black Hills,” Bordeaux said.

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