Negotiations on transfer of land to Native Americans not going to happen for awhile

RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- While progress has been made, there remains a long way to go regarding transfers of land to native people in the Rapid City area.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender provided an update on where negotiations are relating to three parcels of land in West Rapid City.

A filing has been made with the department of interior in an effort to revert the land back to the federal government as tribal land, and Allender said he believes negotiations aren’t totally stalled out.

Allender said to those pushing for the faster timeline.

Allender, while acknowledging some tension existed as a result of the timeline, praised the lands and boarding school committees.