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Yankton Sioux Tribe gain free entry to State recreation areas

On July 16, 2020 the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission approved a proposal to allow the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Ihanktonwan Nation, citizens free access to the North Point, Randall Creek, South Shore, Spillway Recreation Areas.

The access is strictly for entry into the areas only and does not include fishing, camping, etc.

“The decision by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission to open free access to the Inhanktonwan Nation to the four State Recreation Areas adjacent to our community is great news. Removing the financial barrier that has prevented some of our members access to the Missouri River recognizes our special connection. We want to thank Secretary Kelly Hepler, the Commission, and the team at the South Dakota Game, Parks and Fish for working with our Business and Claims Committee and lobbyist to make this possible. Mni Waconi” said Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee Vice Chairman Jason Cooke.

“The connection with the water is what our people desire and need. I am truly happy that the financial barrier that prevented many in our communities from experiencing the life that the Missouri brings is removed. I too thank all those involved and the leadership of our Vice Chairman in seeing this accomplished. Mni Waconi,” stated Committee Member Derrick Marks Over the next few weeks, the Council will work with the Agency to develop a tribal identification that can be used on vehicles entering the Recreation Areas.

About the Yankton Sioux Tribe: Known as the Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate, the Yankton Sioux Tribe is located in southeastern South Dakota in Charles Mix County along the Missouri River bottom bordering the state of Nebraska.