Tribe Opposes Rebuilding Of South Dakota Tower
February 26, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
An Native American tribe is asking YOUNG BROADCASTING CBS affiliate KPLO-TV and JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING Country KPLO-F/RELIANCE, SD to find a new site for their tower because the tribe considers the land on which the former tower was located as sacred ground.
The MITCHELL DAILY REPUBLIC reports that while the land is not on the LOWER BRULE SIOUX TRIBE's reservation, the tribe, in a letter filed with the FCC, claims that the land on MEDICINE BUTTE is located within its original boundaries. The letter says the tower was built when "statutes and regulations protecting Native American historic and cultural resources and traditional cultural properties were nonexistent ... We request consultation with the FCC on this matter, as we would like to explore alternatives for finding another site for this tower."
The 53-year-old, 700-foot tower, one of several at the location, fell in an ice storm in JANUARY, and the stations are building a temporary replacement tower with plans for a permanent structure to be built in the SUMMER. Tribe spokesman MICHAEL JANDREAU joked with the REPUBLIC that when the tower was built, "some of our old men told them that it was going to fall down. It took 53 years, but it fell down."
KPLO-TV is a satellite of KELO-TV/SIOUX FALLS, SD, relaying the primary station's programming for central SOUTH DAKOTA.