Medicine Butte timeline
By Jessica Giard
For The Daily Republic
1957: KPLO tower built on Medicine Butte, on land owned by KPLO, before the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966.
1970: SDPB tower built on Medicine Butte. (The Daily Republic was not able to ascertain exactly when the third tower, now owned by AT&T, was erected on the butte.)
January 2010: KPLO tower falls after an ice storm.
February 2010: Chairman Michael Jandreau of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe writes the FCC requesting consultation to find a new site for the KPLO tower.
March 2010: FCC grants KPLO a license to erect a temporary tower on the footprint of the previous tower on the butte.
December 2010: LBST and the tribal elder advisory committee host the FCC and KELO in a five-hour meeting at Lower Brule to talk about Medicine Butte and relocating the tower.
January 2013: FCC grants OK to build KPLO tower in new location about eight miles southwest of Medicine Butte.
November 2013: New KPLO tower complete and broadcasting.
December 2013: Proposed removal of the former tower on Medicine Butte.