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Old 11-21-2006, 12:42 AM
 
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Default free land to relocate

Is anyone aware of towns/cities offering free land to relocate in South Dakota?

We visited this summer doing a little history hunting on my family. The Carroll family (Carroll Township) lived in the Charles Mix/Boone County areas and my great grandfather is buried in Rock Hill Cemetary. Visited (and were surprised at out little was left) of Herrick and Bonesteel. We really liked the whole southern area of South Dakota- sounds crazy, but we want to leave Southern California.

I am a principal of an elementary school that pays a lot, but my three kids are going to suffer growing up in this place. They need space.

thanks Shawn

 
Old 11-21-2006, 10:49 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Hi Shawn, how ironic is this? My family also lived in the Charles Mix Co. area. Actually, it was more at the corner of Charles Mix, Douglas, and Hutchinson. AND your last name is "Mitchell" and that's the town I live in.

I remember learning about squatter's rights in school, but that hasn't actually been in effect for many years. All the land here is owned by someone whether it be for farming, hunting, etc.

I do understand your wanting to relocate for the sake of your children. It would definitely be culture shock though. We have a very different climate from yours and our wages are the lowest in the nation and that includes teacher's wages. But if your main concern is about quality of life for your family, come on up. You're welcome here.
 
Old 02-23-2007, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Curious. I read on one of the Idaho threads that they think *their* educators are the lowest-paid in the nation. I wonder if Mississippi's, Arkansas' or W. Virginia's teachers would argue that "distinction"???

- KK
 
Old 02-24-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Wow, I didn't know that. Our newspapers often come out with the report that our teacher's are the lowest paid in the nation again. Now you've got me wondering if other states are told the same thing in order to bring the wage up to "the Jones's wages". One of the things that has always bothered me when they over emphasize those stories and stats is the fact that ALL wage earners in our state are paid below average wages. It's unfair to just keep focusing on one group.
 
Old 02-26-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: south dakota
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interesting. i live in spearfish,sd ,was in rapid city for a while and camped in mitchell. i read awhile back that a certain rez county in sd was poorest co. in usa. then read elsewhere that stat was based on unemployment stats. it is my understanding that indians have some income from trust funds,although i am aware there is a long standing lawsuit regarding trust fund money. i guess stats like anything else including studies of all kinds can be designed to suit need. just read some of the tourist brochures!!!!!
 
Old 02-27-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Pejuta, I believe you're right, but don't know how it works. It's something like if you're one-eighth Indian, you receive a government check. They do offer a lot of things like heating assistance, commodities, etc. and have also provided houses on a lot of the reservations. You probably read one of my posts because I understand that Pine Ridge is the poorest county in the nation. It's just such a complex situation~sometimes I feel the Indians were ripped off~sometimes I feel they need to make more of an effort to improve themselves and their situations. Maybe they've just lost all hope.
 
Old 02-28-2007, 10:11 AM
 
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no easy questions...no easy answers...no easy solutions...
 
Old 03-13-2007, 05:07 PM
 
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Default small towns??

plankinton and i believe spencer were offering land recently, not sure about currently but i think so...both of these are 15 0r 20 min. from mitchell...plank west and spencer east...sioux falls is 75 miles east of mitchell...
 
Old 04-02-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Some where on the pacific coast
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Jammie- Do you know if the one-eighth Indian rule also applies to Candian Blackfoot?
 
Old 04-02-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Jammie- Do you know if the one-eighth Indian rule also applies to Candian Blackfoot?
Chewy, sorry, but I don't know. The only ones that I know are the Sioux.
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