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Oglala tribe a step closer to managing tribal national park in Badlands

The view from Sheep Mountain Table Road in the South Unit of the Badlands is seen in this 2008 photo. (Republic file photo)

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The National Park Service and the Interior Department has announced the release of the final version of a general management plan that would establish the nation's first tribal national park.

The plan gives management authority of the South Unit of Badlands National Park to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The land was taken from the tribe by the federal government in the 1940s for a practice bombing range and is now managed by the park service as part of the Badlands park.

Although Congress must still approve the plan, Thursday's announcement means the National Park Service will start working with the tribe, public and Congress to craft legislation for the new park.