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USDA sends $37 million loan to Cheyenne River

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $37.9 million loan Thursday for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority. The loan was part of an 11 state rural telecommunication package totaling $247.9 million from the Department of Agriculture. With the money, the company, wholly owned by Native Americans, will complete a total fiber optic system to bring broadband Internet service to homes and businesses in the area.