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Sioux tribe to discuss Black Hills negotiations

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council next week plans to discuss whether to reopen negotiations with the federal government over compensation for the taking of the Black Hills in the 1800s.

The federal government in 1980 reached a $102 million settlement with nine tribes. The tribes refused to accept the money without the return of unoccupied, federally owned land in the western South Dakota region.

When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, his administration offered to restart negotiations. The tribes ignored the invitation. But the Rapid City Journal reports  that now, some members of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council say it's time to consider it seriously.

President Bryan Brewer and tribal attorney Mario Gonzalez say any negotiations or acceptance of any offer would have to involve all nine tribes.