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GFP Commission Proposes Local Fees Exemption for Yankton Sioux Tribal Members, Families

GFP Commission Proposes Local Fees Exemption for Yankton Sioux Tribal Members, Families 

PIERRE, S.D. – At their June meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission, proposed a park entrance fee exemption in collaboration with the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Under the proposal, Yankton Sioux Tribal members and their families would be able to access four park areas local to the Yankton Sioux Reservation without purchasing a park entrance license (PEL) from the state.

These areas include North Point Recreation Area, South Shore Lakeside Use Area, Randall Creek Recreation Area and the Spillway Lakeside Use Area.

“We’re excited to work with the tribe in this way,” said Scott Simpson, Parks Division Director for GFP. “This exemption would provide members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe (YST) and their immediate families greater access to local outdoor recreational opportunities and the educational programs that parks provide.”

GFP has traditionally waived the PEL requirement for tribal members who use the state parks for religious purposes. This larger opportunity for free entrance would offer more privacy in those situations. A sticker or pass will be developed for Yankton Sioux tribal members, as the exemption would not extend to every state park and recreation area.

This exemption does not apply to other fees such as camping, lodging, picnic shelter reservations, or equipment rentals.

Individuals can comment online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mail comments to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

To be included in the public record and to be considered by the commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).