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Success! Sioux Tribes Made Down Payment on Black Hills Purchase

Success! Sioux Tribes Made Down Payment on Black Hills Purchase

You’ve helped get the word out again, Care2 members! Thanks to fundraising efforts, the Sioux Nation raised the $9 million needed by a Nov. 30th deadline to make a down payment on land they consider sacred ground. Pe’ Sla, the area now back in their possession, is located in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Margaret and Leonard Reynolds put the land up for public auction back in August, which garnered the response of the concerned Sioux tribes.

Purchasing the land has remained a controversial issue within the community, as many do not feel the land should be bought; Sioux tribes notably declined the $100 million offered by the Supreme Court for this very reason back in 1980. The Black Hills belonged to the tribes until Congress went back on an 1868 treaty by snatching the land from under them in 1877. On principal, some tribes do not believe they ought to pay a cent for their own land. Others went forward with the most recent deal when their concern for the area eclipsed past injustice.

Rosebud Sioux President Cyril Scott, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Chairman Charlie Vig and Crow Creek Chairman Brandon Sazue, for instance, are pleased with the outcome thus far despite the method.

A commission to preserve the land is next in store. The tribes also still need to raise the remaining money to officially complete the deal, so keep up the good work and continue to spread the word!

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12:47AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Wonderful news! Thanks!

10:35AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Yes to the success...keep it coming for those wonderful folks!

1:17PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Elizabeth M.: Of course they shouldn't have to, but that's the real world for you.

6:13PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

America is a land of broken promises

9:13AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

White man speak with forked tongue!

5:24PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

its sad that indians must buy back the land, who was once stolen from them. it was honest just sell it them for 1 symbolic dollar. its the habbit in belgium. For land, property who are not alow to gift free to sell it for 1 symbolic euro. its a good tradition, i hope once it comes a worldwide habit.

4:01PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

The land should have been given back to the Sioux Nation as it is rightfully theirs.

12:41PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I applaud the Sioux in coming up with $9 million dollars, but this is only a down payment and the Sioux need to raise additional money to complete the deal. This is such a travesty of justice, as according to treaty of 1868, the Government stepped in and snatched the land from them in 1877. Pe' Sla in the South Dakota's Black Hills are sacred grounds. I am sure they do not trust the white government, and I would not either. IT WAS THERE'S AND WAS TAKEN AWAY! THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO PAY ANYTHING!!!

12:08PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

I feel that although the land had to be bought by the tribes justice has been done as they have their sacred lands back. I only hope that they don't lose what they have regained as the white men from over the sea has a habit of going back on their words. The white money men will cut the earth until it bleeds and destroy the sacred groundwater and poisen the land. I wish those that have regained their sacrted lands much happiness but that they must NOT forget their heritage and how they have been cheated in the past.

9:29AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

This made me cry! My heritage will be preserved and Im lovin it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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