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A pair of dams on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota will get safety repairs as part of $29 million in funding from the federal infrastructure deal. Both the Oglala Dam and Allen Dam are high-hazard, meaning lives could be lost if they failed. They have also been in need of repair for years. The Oglala Dam was built in the 1940s, while the Allen Dam was built in 1961. Dams on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona and the Crow Reservation in Montana will also get a share of the $29 million.

South Dakota lawmakers have unanimously approved a report finding that Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter got preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The findings of last year’s legislative probe repudiate Noem’s insistence that her daughter, Kassidy Peters, didn’t receive special treatment during her application. State lawmakers on the Republican-controlled Government Operations and Audit Committee on Wednesday approved their findings by a voice vote and without discussion. The Associated Press reported the Republican governor called a July 2020 meeting that included Peters and key decision-makers from the agency evaluating her license application just days after the agency moved to deny her the license.

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