- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Outdoor Heritage Fund Advisory Board in North Dakota is expected to review 17 applications for funding to help complete projects, such as the preservation of the Ditch Indian Village Historic Site.

The board is expected to meet in June to consider requests for Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2pOF2qw ) reported. The applications request a total of nearly $3 million, said Karlene Fine, executive director of the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

North Dakota lawmakers provided $1 million in funding toward a stabilization project at the Ditch Indian Village Historic Site, where at least 16 graves had been exposed because of erosion.

The funding includes $500,000 from the state disaster relief fund. Another $500,000 grant from the state Parks and Recreation budget will fund the development of recreational opportunities on sovereign lands in the state along Missouri River.

The board could take out a loan with the Bank of North Dakota for the remaining $250,000 needed for the project.

Last year, members of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation reburied the exposed graves at the site. North Dakota has owned the site since 1936. It began eroding during floods in 2011.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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