Buffalo Chip loses fight to become a municipality

STURGIS, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the Buffalo Chip Campground cannot be its own municipality.

In a unanimous decision Thursday, the high court ruled the campground must stop acting as an incorporated town.

The decision ends a five-year long battle that began when the Meade County Commission gave the campground the okay to hold a vote to incorporate.

The issue was soon sent to court and the South Dakota Municipal League joined with the city of Sturgis and others as plaintiffs in the suit.


November 13, 2020