Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ND leaders agree to elk management deal

BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Doug Burgum along with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal leaders signed an agreement at the Capitol on Friday on elk management during hunting season.

Signers said that the agreement brings the state, the reservation, private landowners, and Game and Fish together in managing the herd of more than 350 elk in the area.

"With that many animals, close to 300 at a time, it gets into the carrying capacity for ranchers. So, downsizing helps. Again, keeping in mind wildlife are free roamers; they don't have boundaries. They don't stay in fences,” said Mike Faith, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman.

This was an extension of a similar agreement from 2017, which was the first collaborative resource management agreement between the tribe and the state.