Supreme Court rules in favor of Buffalo Chip City

Stage at Buffalo Chip campgrounds. File photo.

(AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court says a community that started as a campground is indeed a city.

The decision released Thursday reverses a circuit court ruling against the Buffalo Chip Campground and the Meade County Board. Circuit Judge Jerome Eckrich said in April the board commissioners failed to follow state law in approving Buffalo Chip's petition to become a municipality. Eckrich ruled that people who voted to approve the incorporation didn't live at addresses where they registered to vote.

Nearby Sturgis and others opposed the campground's efforts to become a municipality.

The Rapid City Journal reports the Supreme Court ruled the circuit court lacks jurisdiction in the case. Because Buffalo Chip City operates as a de facto corporation, any legal challenge must be brought by the state.

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