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BIA SENDS MORE POLICE OFFICERS TO PINE RIDGE

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By Mary Garrigan
PINE RIDGE — The Bureau of Indian Affairs sent another 10 police officers to the Pine Ridge Reservation this week, bringing its supplemental force there to 35 officers and its total justice-related funding on the reservation to nearly $10 million in 2008, a BIA official said Tuesday.

BIA SURGE LEAVES OTHER RESERVATIONS SHORT-HANDED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

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By Terry Woster
Argus Leader

FORT PIERRE — The surge in law enforcement on Standing Rock Indian Reservation came at the expense of other tribes, Lower Brule Chairman Mike Jandreau told Sen. John Thune at a recent meeting.

During a short two-hour meeting with the Republican senator, Jandreau and other tribal leaders expressed frustration with federal funding and policies in law enforcement, health care, land management and education in Indian Country.

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS SETS 25-MILE LIMIT ON WHERE TRIBAL CASINOS CAN BE LOCATED

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SANTA FE --- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has published a rule that says casinos should be located within 25 miles of a reservation headquarters.

But the rule has exceptions. Tribes may seek reservation status and permission to operate casinos on newly acquired land away from a reservation if tribes can show that a significant number of tribal members live nearby, can demonstrate a current connection to the property or if other tribal government facilities have been located on the land for at least two years before an application is filed for new reservation land.

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