Reflections on a Mixed Blessing
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi
Terrilynn Stricker and her son, Tyray, fish on Lake Francis Case at dusk on a summer eve. Fort Randall Dam created this 107-mile- (172-kilometer-) long lake, a haven for boaters and fishermen. These have occasionally been troubled waters for Strickers people, the Yankton Sioux, whose reservation abuts part of the lake. Its creation flooded ancient sacred burial sites, and fluctuating waterlines have periodically unearthed skeletal remains. Yet the lake has also benefitted the Yankton Sioux by providing a place of beauty and by luring tourists, who drop some serious money at the tribes nearby casino.