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Winner men to pay $1,200 for taking hay bales from Rosebud reservation

WINNER — Two Winner men were ordered to pay $1,200 but were given no jail time for removing hay bales from land owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Jeremy Schroeder and Kirby Kartak, both 37, were ordered to pay $600 jointly and severally — which means one could pay more than the other or it could be split equally — as restitution to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for criminal trespass, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

The men were also each ordered to pay a $300, write letters of apology to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and pay $5 into the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Schroeder and Kartak pleaded guilty on Nov. 10 to the trespass charge, which stemmed from a Dec. 2, 2014, incident in which the two men drove heavy equipment into the Oyate Whacanku Spirit Camp, located near Rosebud, which was established as part of the opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.

Schroeder and Kartak then removed approximately 30 hay bales serving as a windbreak. Schroeder claimed to have an ownership interest in the hay, which was harvested on land Schroeder had previously leased.

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