SD tribe challenging construction of lake road

Sisseton, South Dakota (AP) April 2012

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe claims an illegally built road has harmed the quality of a lake that is popular with fishermen.

The tribe is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal court. The tribe wants the road removed and the Enemy Swim Lake restored to its original condition.

Court documents say the lake is considered one of South Dakota’s most pristine lakes, with walleye, bluegill and bass fishing.

The Corps of Engineers has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

The tribe contends the Corps has illegally allowed a local farmer to build a road across the lake’s inlet. They believe the work has allowed sediment to seep into the lake.

A South Dakota environmental official says he doesn’t believe the road has damaged the lake.