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Meeting To Focus On DOT’s Yankton Sioux Signs

Meeting To Focus On DOT’s Yankton Sioux Signs

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — State transportation officials are holding a public meeting in Wagner Thursday to discuss highway signs recognizing the Yankton Sioux Tribe s presence in Charles Mix County.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation earlier this year installed signs in southern Charles Mix County reading “Entering Yankton Sioux Nation.”

The state and Charles Mix County had argued through lengthy legal battles that the reservation was eliminated in the late 1800s. A federal judge ruled that the reservation covers more than 30,000 acres.

Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says the signs aren’t meant to carry a legal or political statement.

Charles Mix County deputy state’s attorney Scott Podhradsky says county officials aren’t opposed to signs honoring the tribe, but they disagree with their indication of reservation boundaries, given past court cases and remaining unresolved issues.

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