RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Native American leaders in the Dakotas are working to preserve water rights they say are guaranteed by a century-old treaty. Representatives of the Standing Rock, Oglala and Rosebud tribes are part of the Great Plains Water Alliance, which is pushing for a congressional hearing to discuss the issue.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Brookings councilman Tom Bezdichek says he plans to bring a measure to ban the use of plastic bags in the city, kicking off a debate throughout the state. Opponents view plastic bags as a waste of resources and a source of pollution, while supporters say plastic is a cheap modern convenience that replaced tree-killing paper bags. Bezdichek says plastic bags are a "disaster" and they blemish the landscape.
SILVER CITY, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a bill that transfers ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to local communities celebrated among the living and the dead. Republican Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota led the ceremony Saturday at the Silver City Cemetery, one day after President Obama signed the Black Hills Cemetery Act into law.
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Sturgis city officials are urging the state to crack down on vendors at the annual motorcycle rally who fail to pay taxes on sales. All vendors who operate during the rally are required to get a license with the state and pay 5.5 percent of their total revenue in state tourism and sales taxes. Temporary merchants within the city limits are required to get a similar license with the city and pay a 2 percent tax on their total sales revenue.
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