Lower Sioux Council says federal lawsuit doesn’t represent tribe

MORTON-The Lower Sioux Community Council denounced recent media reports about a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court this week by “loyal Mdewakanton” or the “Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe.”

The lawsuit seeks to reclaim 12 square miles of land in Renville, Redwood and Sibley counties in which about 100 people including the Lower Sioux Community, would lose their property and be required to pay trespassing damages to the plaintiffs described as great-great grandchildren of Dakota who help white settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, according to court documents.

“(The plaintiffs) are not a tribe, nor do they represent the interests or values of the Lower Sioux Community,” read a news release emailed to The Journal Friday by Lower Sioux Community President Denny Prescott and the Lower Sioux Community Council.

“We want to make it very clear that the Lower Sioux Community Council did not endorse this lawsuit, nor do we support it in any way,” the release continued. “In fact, like many of our neighbors, we are defendants in this case. We will do what it necessary to protect our families, our homes and our land.”

Prescott said the Lower Sioux Community and everyone at its casino, Jackpot Junction, values the deep and lasting relationships that we have shared for many years with our neighbors-communities and individuals alike. “We sincerely hope this lawsuit can be brought to a speedy and just resolution so that we can all continue to enjoy the many blessings of this land we call home,” Prescott said in the news release.

The Lower Sioux Community Council can be called at 507-697-6185.

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