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Farmers on Keystone XL route deed land to Indian tribe

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LINCOLN, NE (AP) -

A husband and wife who don't want the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to run through their farm have deeded a plot of their land over to a Native American tribe, creating a potential roadblock for the project.
   
Art and Helen Tanderup signed over a 1.6-acre plot of land to the Ponca Indian Tribe on Sunday. The Ponca enjoy special legal status as a federally recognized tribe.
   
The land has been used as a planting space for sacred Ponca corn for the last five years, and it was chosen in part because it sits on the $8 billion pipeline's proposed route.

It's also part of the historic Ponca "Trail of Tears" route that tribe members were forced to take when the U.S. government relocated them to present-day Oklahoma in 1877.

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