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Pine Ridge city on reservation to get its first street signs

PINE RIDGE (AP) -- The city of Pine Ridge is getting street signs for the first time in its history. The community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the headquarters for the Oglala Sioux tribe and dates to the late 1800s, but the only signs...

PINE RIDGE (AP) - The city of Pine Ridge is getting street signs for the first time in its history.

The community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the headquarters for the Oglala Sioux tribe and dates to the late 1800s, but the only signs in the town have been stop signs.

Village Vice President Derek Janis recently discovered during a trip to the local land office that, despite the lack of road signs, the roads all have names. A tribal map specialist, Troy Ferguson, has been working for years to catalog them.

"It was a big surprise to me," Janis told KOTA-TV.

Janis decided it was time for signs. The community has enlisted a tribally owned business in Rapid City to make 432 of them. The red signs with white lettering and names such as "Sweet Grass St" and "Choke Cherry Ave" will start going up this summer.

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"I'm pretty sure we will have a lot of community members that will be pretty excited to see (the) signs going up," Janis said.

About 3,300 people live in Pine Ridge.

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