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Spearfish, Standing Rock airports receive federal investment

City of Spearfish

One billion dollars of federal funding have been distributed to upgrade airports across America.

Among the recipients are the Black Hills Airport in Spearfish and the Standing Rock Airport near Fort Yates, North Dakota, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Standing Rock Reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota state line.

In total, Spearfish received just under $2 million to build a new general aviation facility. That takes a significant bite out of the estimated $6.7 million total.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe received $700,000 for their project. That will cover about 90 percent of the total project cost.

This funding comes from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture