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Lakota Lands Recovery Project adds County Plat Maps to its Pine Ridge Land Information System

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Today Village Earth’s Lakota Lands Recovery Project (LLRP) added county plat maps to its Pine Ridge Land Information System (PRLIS). The PRLIS already contains numerous map layers requested by Lakota landowners including the original 1904 allotment map, parcels, range units, and historic treaty boundaries. This newest addition provides valuable ownership information for all the fee (deeded) lands on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The county plat maps were digitized and georeferenced and mosaiced by LLRP from the 2017 physical maps acquired from each county.

Fee or deeded lands are lands that at one time were held in Trust by the Federal Government for the benefit of the Tribe but at some point (mostly between 1902 and 1952) were ceded through various dubious means and are no longer held in trust by the Federal Government. Unlike Trust lands (Allotted and Tribal) fee lands, while within the boundaries of the Reservation, can be bought and sold by non-tribal members and subject to taxation.

Table 1: Pine Ridge Land Classification and acreage

Land Classification Total Acres
Allotted to Individuals 1,056,730.80
Fee (Deeded) 1,073,486.75
Government 8,626.14
Tribal Government 663,480.23
Tribal Reserve (set aside for schools, towns, etc) 2,586.71
TOTAL ACREAGE 2,804,911.89

Additionally, LLRP upgraded the original 1904 allotment maps to enhance resolution and available zoom levels.

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