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New loan program helps consolidate multi-owner reservation land


CROW CREEK, S.D. — On South Dakota’s Crow Creek Indian Reservation, one 40-acre piece of land has more than 1,600 owners.

Rick Clifford, realty officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Great Plains Region, says the Crow Creek parcel is one of the region’s most complicated ownership situations, but it’s far from unusual to have hundreds or even thousands of owners on a reservation tract.

“Our average in the Great Plains Region is probably going to be around 60 (owners) or so,” Clifford says. “But we do have some really highly fractionated parcels.”


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