Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on August 25, 1995 · 7
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Friday, August 25, 1995
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Obituaries, B2 Markets, B4 H Sports, B5-12 FRIDAY Rapid City Journal August 26, 1995 "WW By Pat Dobb Wast River Editor Conflicting state, tribal and federal interests are converging t Shadehill Reservoir in Perkins County. An4 political accusations of racial motives are early shadows on the controversy- The sute manages the reservoir as a recreation area, leasing it from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which controls the dam near Lemmon, Bureau officials this week announced the agency is investigating facilities it could transfer to local control, a move toward reducing federal government, Shadehill has not been specified, but bureau officials said the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe expressed interest in the reservoir, However, the debate over Shadehill and the surrounding Grand River National Grassland was under way more than year ago. And the state's congressional delegation has been summoned for tours of the area, including lands spilling onto the Standing Rock Reservation in Corson County, At July 30 Republican picnic at Shadehill, Gov, Bill Janklow said the bureau was stalling on renewing the state' lease, He takes that as an indication transfer to the tribe is being negotiated, and said it could be accomplished without legislation. And there is more coming, Janktow said, "If s all part of a master plan they have to ac- JanklOW quire all of western South Dakota. And although it won't happen in one year, or even In five, I believe they will get it done," The weekly Lemmon Leader reported his comments and the South Dakota Democratic Party this week blasted Janklow, its Prairie Pachyderm Watch newsletter declaring: "Governor tries to Incite racial Cold War in West River," "All this racial stuff is garbage," Janklow responded Thursday, Two regional Bureau of Reclamation officials disputed Janklow's claims, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Gregg Bourland laughed at the master plan theory. But Janklow maintained that comments by tribal leaders and recent property acquisitions by tribes uphold his claim. From a list of newspaper reports compiled by aide Jim Soyer, Janklow cited the Standing Rock Tribe's purchase of the 13,000- to 16,000-acre Shambo Ranch in Corson County this spring, the Lower Brules' 1993 purchase of a "huge ranch" outside Fort Pierre and the Flandreau-Santee tribe's 1991 purchase of 127 acres in the Black Hills. Additionally, the governor said, Minnesota tribes are using their gambling wealth to buy property there, and an Arizona tribal chairman told Indian Country Today in 1992 "Almost every tribe in America has a land acquisition plan." "I never suggested anything illegal, immoral, improper or unethical about it," said Janklow. "I merely said that people should be aware of what's going on around them." He said tribal acquisitions remove property from real estate tax roils, reducing revenue for schools, townships, cities and counties. If federal land, such as Shadehill Reservoir, is obtained, counties will lose federal payments in lieu of taxes, which aren't fully funded now, Janklow said. "At some point in time you take so much off the property tax rolls your government cannot be viable anymore," janklow said. Jerry Petik, a farmerrancher and president of the Grand River Multiple Use Coalition, is concerned about federal lands between the reservation and Shadehill. Petik, a non-Indian reservation resident, worries he might lose grazing rights, if not his property. A registered Democrat, he said party officials were wrongly condemning Janklow. "I think he is saying what everybody is suspecting on what the tribe is really intending to do," Petik said. "There is no doubt in our minds, those of us that live on the reservation or people who are familiar with the situation, is that they are going to use our money vis a vis the casinos - to buy us out once the federal appropriations type money is gone." Standing Rock Chairman Jesse Taken Alive could not be reached for comment. But Cheyenne River's Bourland said Janklow was mistaken about the tribes jointly acting to buy up West River. "I don't know of any tribe that has any kind of a plan," he said. "If this is something that is on the rumor mill out there, I think Indian country should know about it because statements like that are going to definitely inflame people." f Swimming season - I l HI! II IWff , - Lightning starts small Hills fires tin i iii imli u iiWi iiWWiwMWMimniiiaiiTiiiiiiillW inwHi'ir.Iiim m mm., , tammmiurmn, i-iiifc1ifiif.Mw,w.ii,,i1KwiWW fiutO pnola fid g19I With Rapid City th9 last day Roosevolt swimming pool was open, tsmpsrstures continuing In the SOs, youngstors Horace Mann pool will close at 6 p.m. Monday and sought refuge from the heat In Rapid Creek in Me- Sioux Park pool will close at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, morlal Park Thursday afternoon. Thursday was also according to the city recreation division. Fewer than 10 acres total burned By Heidi Bell Journal Staff Writor lightning started several small fires in the Black Hills Thursday afternoon, but they burned less than 10 acres total. The largest fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. near Argyle, about eight miles northwest of Hot Springs. Steve Hasenohrl of the state Division of Forestry said the blaze burned five or six acres of private land before it was contained about 3:30 p.m. A small piece of Black HUls National Forest land was also burned In the Argyle Fire. Crews from the state Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and volunteer fire departments from Argyle, Pringle and Minnekahta responded. Youth Forestry Camp crews were called to help with mop up. Lightning was also believed to have . caused the Grover Dam Kire, which burned two acres. The fire was west of Rapid City, located off Forest Development Road 197, about two miles north of S.D. Highway 44 and one and one-half . miles west of Schroeder Road. Dave Slepnikoff, resource assistant with the Forest Service Pactola District Office, said the fire started in red thinning slash on federal land, about one mile from any private property. It was reported about 2 45 p.m. and was contained by 5:30 p.m. The fire was expected to be controlled by this morning. Firefighters from the state, Forest Service and volunteer fire depart- , merits responded. A third fire burned about one-third of an acre of land one-half mile east of the Tilford Rest Area before it was extinguished. Turnkey OK d to manage casino Remains found in Wyoming identified By Csndy Hamilton Journal Correspondent PINE RIDGE - The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council wants Turnkey Gaming to manage its casino after all, The council reaffirmed iti confidence In Turnkey for the third tinw at its meeting Thursday after about six months of exploring buyout of the management company that built the temporary facility. The council pr vtously passed about aa many resclu. tions withdrawing confidence in the original investors, Thirteen voted for Turnkey, two against, and Archie Hopkins ah stained. Council members Charles Betteiyoun and Pete Richards continued to vote no, To encourage its reinstatement to be casino manager, Turnkey investors agreed to apply the $81)0,000 the tribe has paid in rent to the eventual purchase and to pay the $100,000 bill submitted by tribal attorney Phil Hogen for negotiations with the National Indian Gaming Commission (N1GC), Turnkey also will convert some assets into capital to be owned by the tribe, Gerald "Jump" Big Crow, who led the fight for new investors, said these changes, plus the need to build permanent facility, quickly changed his vote, NIGC approval of new investors and managers could take six to eight months before construction could start, according to Big Crow, and the temporary facilities being used now probably wouldn't last that long. No one knows how long approval of Turnkey'i contract will take. However, if the tribe bought out the investors and operated the casino, NIGC would not have to approve any contract. Turnkey Investors guaranteed the council that with passage of the sup-fani resolution, construction would Win in five days, and the now i!du4j will be up in six months, 'ther permitting, lie council Instructed Turnkey to "J jtructton months ago, but the company wouldn't do it while the tribe negotiated with other management companies, Council members also said they were worn out with casino discus, aions and ready to do whatever it would take to get construction started and move on to other Issues. Turnkey Investors Marlyn Erickaon, Bill Benard and Wayne Barber, along with their attorney, Terry Pechota, represented Turnkey A the meeting. Richards and Hopkins expressed concern about "signing a blank check" for Turnkey because Erickaon said some "minor" changes must be made in the management agreement but he provided no details In writing. Marvin Amiotte, attorney for the tribe, repeatedly warned against passing the resolution before he and an accountant reviewed the changes, Frickacn insisted the revisions would benefit the tribe. When lack of information appeared about to block g vote Thursday, he produced a memo listing the changes but without details. Betteiyoun said the ouncil was not playing fair with Prairie Thunder Investments by reversing its earlier decision to explore a cooperative buyout of the casino investors. Ha sakt the council should hear from PTl first, Everet Black Thunder of PIT arrived toward the mi of the more than three-hour discussion. He said he didnl know about the meeting until Wednesday and had to travel from Minnesota, After he arrived, G, Wayne Tapio blocked his speaking to the council Tapio engineered the agreement with Turnkey and has fought hard to retain them. The resolution passed Thursday also directs tribal President Wilbur Between Lodges to resume negotiation immediately with the National Indian Gaming Commission. The tribe had requested delay in consideration of the contract. Since Prairie Wind opened U4 October the tribe has operated it under temporary agreement with Barber as manager. I SHERIDAN, Wyo, (AP) - Human skeletal remains found in a remote area of the Big Horn Mountains earlier this month have been identified as those of an Auburn, Wash., woman, the Sheridan County coroner said. PJ. Kane said the remains found Aug, 13 near Duncan Creek were those of Laurie Ann Haney, who was in her 40s. "There was no criminal aspect to her death," Kane said. Sheridan County Sheriff Pete Frith said Haney has been listed as a missing person in Kent, Wash., since February 1990. He said authorities were trying to determine why Haney had gone to such a remote, high-altitude area. "That's a question that we may always have," he said. The remains were discovered at a site higher than 10,000 feet by a small group of hikers. Personal belongings and identification and food were found with the remains, Frith has said. Meetings 9 a.m. Special Pennington County Commission meeting in the commissioners' meeting room at the county courthouse. 10:30 a.m. Pennington County budget hearings in the commissioners' meeting room at the county courthouse. Events 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Benefit dinner for Karn Baker at Canyon Lake Senior Center. 6:30 p.m. Creighton Black HillsRapid City Club party at Hotel Alex Johnson. Unsolved N BC to air local mystery By Bill Harlan Journal Staff Writer Tina Marcotte's disappearance and Tom Kueier's suspicious death will be featured on an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries." A crew from the NBC Television show was in Rapid City Wednesday and Thursday interviewing people close to the case. Marcone disappeared June 24, 1994, and Kueter was found dead four days later, crushed beneath the wheels of his forklift at a local wood products plant. Police had been questioning Kueter about the case because the last person known to talk to Mar-cotte told investigators that Marcotte said Kueter was giving her a ride home after her night-shift job. Marcotte was never seen again. Tom Kueter didnt get home until 3:30 that morning. He said he had car trouble and denied giving Marcorta ride. Investigators later said Kueter was a suspect. They also believe he committed suicide by letting the forklift run over him, Kueter's wife, Nancy, has never believed the police theory. She insists her husband had nothing to do with Marcotte's disappearance. She also does not believe he killed himself, "That's why we called 'Unsolved Mysteries,'" she said Thursday morning she told her story to "Unsolved Mysteries" director Laura Patterson. aft? Marcotte Patterson and producer Shannon McGinn, both of Los Angeles, rented the home of Walt and Betty Bradsky to interview Kueter and others. Betty Bradsky said they picked her home through her son, who knew a location scout. The house has several rooms suitable for taping interviews, plus swing set outside, where the crew taped Nancy Kueter's young children playing. "Unsolved Mysteries" will shoot recreations of events in the case in Los Angeles. McGinn said the Marcotte-Kueter story was good for "Unsolved Mysteries" because there were two mysteries, "There are differing opinions on the death of Tom Kueter, and there's still a missing person. " Nancy Kueter hopes the broadcast helps solve both Marcotte's disap- '.'ipL rii: v. M W it C - H li - ten iT tundto Jounwiphofe by Johnny ! Nancy Kueter is interviewed by "Unsolved Mysteries" director Laura Patterson. pearance and her husband's death. private investigator to work on the case. McGinn said about 30 percent of the She did not receive worker's conv "sorvable" mysteries were solved after pensation benefits because her hus- they aired, but she also said she was not band's death was ruled a suicide, and sure whether the cases of Marcotte and she also says she will fight that ruling in Kueter were solvable. court Nancy Kueter says she will not give No date has been set for when the up. She has hired an attorney and a program will be broadcast

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