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Fruit orchard planted on Cheyenne River reservation

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PIERRE (AP) -- An orchard of fruit trees has been planted on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation as the result of a national program.

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The Communities Take Root program lets people vote online to decide which communities get fruit orchards. The program is sponsored by Dreyer's Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.

The orchard was planted in July in Ziebach County, which the U.S. Census Bureau says has the nation's highest poverty rate.

Byron Buffalo, a minister in Bridger, applied to have the orchard planted in the community. He says the 30-tree orchard is part of a cooperative that also offers residents a vegetable garden and chicken coop.

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