Three American Indian tribe members from South Dakota have appealed a federal judge's dismissal of their civil lawsuit over a large-scale hog farm owned by 11 Iowa farmers.
Frances Zephier, Robin Bair and Rachel Bernie originally filed the complaint in April 2008 against Longview Farm of Hull, Iowa. The three say they are members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and Ponca Tribe in Nebraska.
Their lawsuit sought to stop construction of the Iowa-based farrowing operation, but construction continued. It opened last fall and is now fully operational.
Longview filed a separate federal complaint against the Yankton Sioux Tribe, its tribal court and several officials.
A federal judge last month dismissed both complaints. Now the three Yankton Sioux Tribe members will await action on their appeal.