Missouri River Tribes demand consultation

Representatives of American Indian tribes say they must be consulted during a five-year federal study of the Missouri River and its reservoirs.

At a meeting in Fort Pierre S.D., officials of several South Dakota tribes told the Army Corps of Engineers about erosion, sedimentation, and water supply problems along the river.

The agency is holding 41 meetings through August in the states along the Missouri River to get suggestions on how to conduct the study.

Congress authorized the study to determine whether changes are needed in the 1944 law that set eight purposes for the river and its reservoirs: flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife.

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