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Supreme Court hears Buffalo Chip municipality arguments today


News Staff - September 30, 2019

VERMILLION, SD – The Buffalo Chip Campground will be asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to allow it to remain a municipality. Arguments are scheduled to be heard Sept. 30 before South Dakota’s Supreme Court in Vermillion, in the more than four-year-old legal battle of the Buffalo Chip Campground’s efforts  to become a municipality.

At the heart of the issue is the meaning of the word "or.”

Buffalo Chip Campground near Sturgis became Buffalo Chip City in 2015, after local voters approved the move and the Secretary of State filed the papers.

At the time of the Buffalo Chip incorporation vote, state law said a municipality may not be incorporated unless it contained at least 100 legal residents or at least 30 registered voters. The incorporated area of Buffalo Chip did have the 30 registered voters, but not 100 residents.

Based on its interpretation of the legal statute Meade County Commission approved the campground’s incorporation in 2015, with an understanding that regardless of how the it ruled, it would result in a legal challenge because of how the statue was worded.  The Commission would later lead the effort to change the wording of the statute to close the loophole that had allowed the controversial issue to come to the forefront.

Multiple challenges and rulings and overturned legal decisions, would ultimately lead to Circuit Judge Gordon Swanson ordering the town of Buffalo Chip to be dissolved because it did not have at least 100 residents as required by state law when incorporation took place in 2015.

Since 2015, legal challenges from the city of Sturgis, the state’s Municipal League and other opponents have continued.



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