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South Unit of Badlands National Park likely to become
America's first Tribal National Park


By Bob Janiskee, National Parks Traveler contributor


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Excerpt from 'National Parks Traveler':

"Pending the results of management plan vetting currently under way, the National Park Service is primed to turn the South Unit of Badlands National Park over to the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) for management as America's first tribal national park. In other words, it looks like the Oglala Sioux Tribe is going to get their half of the park back. ...

"The South Unit consists of two tracts of OST-owned land -- the Stronghold and Palmer Creek units -- lying entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For administrative purposes the reservation tracts are collectively referred to as the South Unit. At a little over 133,000 acres (208 square miles), the South Unit accounts for more than half of the park's total area of 244,000 acres."


For the full story: National Parks Traveler



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