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Flandreau tribe pledges $50,000 to local school district

FLANDREAU (AP) -- The state House of Representatives will vote again Monday on whether to implement a half-cent sales tax to boost teacher pay but one tribal government isn't taking any chances.

FLANDREAU (AP) - The state House of Representatives will vote again Monday on whether to implement a half-cent sales tax to boost teacher pay but one tribal government isn't taking any chances.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announced Friday it is pledging $50,000 to the Flandreau Public Schools to supplement teacher pay.

State representatives on Thursday voted 46-23, just one vote short of the two-thirds margin required to pass a tax hike. The measure is expected to be taken up again on Monday thanks to a motion a lawmaker made to have it reconsidered later.

Flandreau officials say education is a priority to the tribe and that tribal students benefit from the quality teachers, administrators and staff at the Flandreau Public Schools.

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