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Tribal Court Stops Access to Pig Development

by 5m Editor
15 April 2008, at 8:19am

US - The owner of a hog farm planned for land west of Wagner is hoping that talks with with Yankton Sioux tribal officials, who oppose his plan, will remedy the dispute.

According to the Sioux City Journnal, the tribal officials have gone to court to block access to the site.

"We just want to sit down and talk with the folks," Arlan Moss of Hull, Iowa, said of tribal officials.

A judge in the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court on Monday granted the tribe's petition for the exclusion and removal of the hog farm developers, said tribal attorney Charles Abourezk of Rapid City.

Abourezk said the ruling basically prohibits them from traveling across Yankton Sioux Reservation land to get to the site, which he said is surrounded by tribal land.

"To be able to get to their deeded land, they would have to cross the Yankton Sioux Reservation to get there, so they're now prohibited from being on reservation land, and that can be enforced by tribal law enforcement," Abourezk said.

The site is right on the road that leads to Marty, headquarters of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

View the Sioux City Journal story by clicking here.

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