WASHINGTON, DC—The USDA Forest Service recently recognized the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with the Prairie Partner Award at the agency’s 20th anniversary celebration of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. The tribe was honored for their efforts through the Standing Rock Tribal Historic Preservation Office through a consultation agreement the tribe signed with the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Grand River Ranger District.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith accepted the award on behalf of the tribe and emphasized the importance of establishing good partnerships and connections with organizations like the Forest Service.
The Forest Service wants to fulfill the trust responsibilities and treaty obligations owed to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to continue forging a strong partnership.
The Grand River National Grassland in South Dakota is named for the Grand River, whose North and South forks meet on the grassland. Part of the grassland’s 154,783 acres lie within the Standing Rock Reservation.