SD Lawsuit Seeks Money for Oahe Dam Land Losses

Oahe Dam Sign on Powerhouse


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal lawsuit is seeking money for people whose land was flooded after South Dakota’s Oahe Dam was built.
The Missouri River dam was dedicated in 1962. It took more than a decade to build.
The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe recently got more than $400 million for more than 104,000 acres of flooded land. The affected property was owned by the tribe and individual landowners.
The lawsuit says the federal government should also compensate individual landowners for their lost property.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are 95 and 83 years old. The newspaper says there are 24 tribal members still alive who lost land when the dam was built.
Lawyers estimate the lawsuit could include more than 4,000 people when relatives are included.

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