House passes Cheyenne River Sioux land compensation bill 5-7-07

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House passed legislation Monday that would
provide compensation to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for land lost
to the Oahe dam and reservoir north of Pierre, S.D.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., seeks
to compensate the tribe for approximately 100,000 acres on the
reservation that was flooded during the construction of the dam more
than 50 years ago.

There have been previous efforts to compensate the tribe, but
lawmakers have said they were not adequate.

“Members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have waited long enough
to receive fair compensation for the unfairness that occurred decades
ago,” Herseth Sandlin said.

The Senate passed a similar bill in the last Congress.