South Dakota Reservation Road Fatalities

(Lake Andes, SD) — South Dakota reservations are facing increasing law enforcement challenges. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just recently declared a state of emergency, with the tribal president saying the U.S. government is underfunding its obligation for law enforcement. It comes as Yankton Sioux Tribal Members say there are too many unsolved mysteries of pedestrians being killed on a stretch of Highway 46. The highway is still maintained and regulated by the state, even when it runs through the Yankton Sioux Tribal land. The South Dakota Department of Transportation claims improvements have been made to the intersection of Highway 46 and Highway 50 but didn’t address the requests for a lower speed limit by the Fort Randall Casino and Travel Plaza.

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