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(S.D.) - Indian companies say they were stiffed on projects

By: John Thayer Posted at: 04/13/2012 06:49 AM
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Construction companies on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation say they're getting a small share of the work to build a new justice center.
    
The center will cost almost $29 million. During a recent round of bidding, Indian-owned companies only got about $10 million worth of construction work. The rest is going to companies off the reservation.
    
Construction company representatives met Thursday at Pine Ridge to vent their frustrations.
    
Contractor Dustin Twiss says it's difficult for reservation companies to get a construction bond to ensure the work is completed.
    
The new justice center will house the Oglala Sioux Tribe's jail, police force and judicial system in one building. It will have almost 100,000 square feet of space, and be located near the current adult jail.
    

    
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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