The request for the Pennington County Commission to submit comment to the United States Department of Interior regarding the property known as Pe' Sla has been extended multiple times and Tuesday was no different.
Pe' Sla is near Deerfield Lake and was purchased by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community back in 2012.
The commission held off comment Tuesday while paperwork is finalized.
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe says this is about protecting one of the few natural, sacred pieces of land the Natives have left.
Lisa Colombe says, "It's more to ensure that the tribal members and community members that wish to take part in ceremonies, which could just be on your own, going up on the hill and praying on your own, for your own needs or your own family, but that basically we are never denied access, you know, and also there were some other interested parties that looked into purchasing the same area and do some commercialization of the area."
A consultant for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community says that if the land is accepted in "in trust" status then it is Indian land and will be under Indian jurisdiction, not county jurisdiction.