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SD Holds 25th Annual Environmental Conference

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s 25th annual conference on the environment and ground water quality will be held Wednesday in Fort Pierre. The conference will include exhibits and technical presentations covering ground water, geology, mining and mineral resources. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is hosting the conference. State Environment...
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SD Agency Hosts Wildfire Training Academy

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Wildland Fire agency is hosting a training academy for wildland firefighters. The state agency reports that 266 firefighters have registered to attend the academy, which is being held in Fort Pierre on March 21st through 24th. Officials say firefighters from volunteer fire departments and state and federal...
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Budget Cuts Hamper Opening of Tribal Jail in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A $25 million jail on the Rosebud Indian Reservation meant to provide cultural and spiritual wellness programs for tribal members charged with crimes was supposed to open earlier this year. Instead, it sits empty, with inmates being transported to another jail on a reservation nearly three hours away. Officials...
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Tribes Plan for Worst with Looming Budget Cuts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared from hard hits those programs that help the nation’s most vulnerable, such as food stamps, Social Security and veterans’ assistance. But that wasn’t the case with programs serving American Indian reservations, where unemployment...
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