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Steve King speaks on new legislation aimed at returning Iowa land back to Winnebago Tribe

Steve King speaks on new legislation aimed at returning Iowa land back to Winnebago Tribe

Some Siouxlanders oppose it, but two local Congressman are defending efforts to return some valuable hunting land to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

The land in question is north and south of the the Winnavegas Casino, some of it along the Missouri River.

In 1976 an appeals court ruled the Army Corp of Engineers improperly used eminent domain to take control of the land.

Congressman King has introduced legislation to return it to the Winnebago Tribe and fellow Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska has signed on.

King says it's time the land be returned to its rightful owner.

"I think that their property was unjustly taken by the corps of engineers. I'm open to input and discussion. But what I think what we're doing here is we're correcting a wrong that was brought forth upon them in the mid 70's," said Congressman Steve King.

Some people have expressed concern about future access to the area for hunting, fishing and camping, saying the tribe could impose high fees for access.

There's also concern over how the tribe might develop the area.

We'll keep you updated the status of this legislation.

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