City takes further steps in Rapid City Indian School land swap recommendations

Researchers say some buildings are illegally on old Indian Boarding School land.
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:14 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The land encompassing Rapid City’s old Native American Boarding school was the focal point of Wednesday’s Legal and Finance Committee meeting.

A resolution called for the city and Native American communities to work together on a land swap.

The land is currently housing Monument Health’s Behavioral Health Center, the Westside Village Senior Living Community and Canyon Lake Activity Center. Still, researchers say these buildings are on illegal parcels of the old Indian Boarding School land.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction, I really do,” said Darla Drew, Ward 5. “I think it’s time that we make reparations to some of the land issues in Rapid City, so this will only start that discussion.”

The Department of the Interior must ultimately sign off the resolution. It will move to City Council on Monday without recommendation, so the mayor and the four other Council members can further discuss.

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