Conversion of Land and Water Conservation Fund Lands and Lower Sioux Agency History Center

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes to remove the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) designation from the Lower Sioux Agency History Center (Lower Sioux Agency). The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) will convey portions of the Lower Sioux Agency to the Lower Sioux Indian Community (LSIC). LWCF status needs to be removed in order for the LSIC to enroll the land in trust. The site is located along County State Aid Highway 2 in Redwood County, Minnesota. The DNR is coordinating this process on behalf of the Minnesota Historical Society. The transfer of the Lower Sioux Agency was authorized by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law in 2017 (Minn. Law 2017, Ch. 54 § 23).

Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act states that no property acquired or developed with assistance under this program shall, without the approval of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, be converted to other than outdoor recreation uses. In accordance with LWCF Act conversion requirements, the DNR intends to submit an application to the National Park Service for the conversion of 125.46 acres of park land.

Environmental Assessment (EA)

The DNR has prepared an EA for the project. A 30-day public review and comment period will be open from January 09, 2020 until 4:30 p.m., February 10, 2020. Physical copies of the documents are also available at the DNR Library (500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155), the Redwood Falls Public Library (509 S Lincoln St, Redwood Falls, MN 56283) and the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site (32469 County Hwy 2, Morton, MN 56270).

Deadline for comments

All written comments on the EA must be received by Monday, February 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Comments can be submitted as follows:

Electronic or email comments may be sent to [email protected] with "Lower Sioux Agency" in the subject line.

By mail:
Cynthia Novak-Krebs, EA Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

By fax:
Submit signed comment letters by fax to 651-296-1811.

Please call 651-259-5115.