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Demand That The Feds Return The Black Hills They Stole From The Sioux

Demand That The Feds Return The Black Hills They Stole From The Sioux
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Nearly 2,000 acres of prime real estate nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, in the heart of the Great Sioux Nation land, are up for sale to the highest bidder on August 25.

But the offer to sell the land near Mount Rushmore and historic Deadwood has distressed Native American tribes who consider it a sacred site and the center of the universe. Although the land has been privately owned, members of the Great Sioux Nation, known as Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, have been allowed to gather there each year to perform ceremonial rituals they believe are necessary for harmony, health and well-being. This is their home.

From Indybay:

Being one with the land is a difficult thing for many of us to understand. Itís not just a cool thing to say. It means you are born of it; it is recognition that you are made from and given life by the air you breathe, which gives you oxygen from the land. It means the earth that nourishes the plants and animals that feed you is a part of you; that the blood in your veins is moistened by the water of the land, and that you will return to that earth some day to continue that cycle.

It means that your ancestors are part of that land, and a part of you. It is a connection that cannot be broken without consequence. It is far more than words. It is being a part of a place, and the place being a part of you. It is knowing who you are, and what you are.

Sacred Site Or Paved Highway Leading To Saltwater Taffy Stand?

Instead Pe’ Sla, as it is known, is under threat of turning into a saltwater taffy stand, or condos, or a golf course, or some other tourist trap, like the hundreds of others already proliferating in the Black Hills.

If the property is sold, members fear that it will be developed and they will lose access. The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are studying the possibility of paving one of the main roads that divides the land, a fact mentioned in the advertisement touting its development potential.

That’s why the native people want to buy it back, but they donít have very much time to raise several million dollars to do so.

The tribes have banded together to try to raise money to buy back as much of the land as they can. But with less than a week to go until the auction, they have only about $110,000 committed for property they believe will sell for $6 million to $10 million.

Sioux Seek To Buy Back Land That Is Rightfully Theirs

The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 “granted” the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation, and prohibited white settlement of the land. At first, in his exploratory expedition in July 1874, General Custer deemed the Black Hills worthless Ė maybe good for agriculture but “infested with Indians”.

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12:53PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Petition signed August, 2012. The P'e Sla is sacred ground in the South Dakota Black Hills, which was owned by the Sioux by treaty of 1868, the government stepped in a took it back in 1877. They just paid $9 million that they raised, which is only a down payment, and they have to raise more to complete the deal. THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD TO PAY ANYTHING! THE LAND BELONGED TO THEM AND THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT KEEP THEIR WORD.

5:46PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Germany was FORCED to return STOLEN PROPERTY! What makes this case so different?

10:57AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

I just love the progress page. There isn't one but there could be a page of where our signatures and Care2 members made a change. It just makes you want to do more because we know that one vote and one signature at a time can change the world. The internet and internet privacy is so important to our lives now. My sister keeps telling me that internet letters to congress or any place else don't count, but I know the truth and I wish I had a whole page of Truths to copy and put in front of her eyes , and on facebook and on the mail box. The internet has impacted even the most constipated congress in history.

7:24PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Noted, petition signed 18th August 2012, thanks.

7:22PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

@ Charli S. “ Even during the days of the wild west there were whites who tried to help the native Americans”. True, and even before that. Simon Girty is one of my heroes even though he died drunk as an exiled United Empire Loyalist. @ Carl N. “Didn't the Sioux conquer the land from the Crow and Cheyenne before the US conqered it from them ?” I don’t think so. Did the Sioux break solemn treaties with them ? Or perhaps you think that because the US was conquered , that the US government has no claim to it ? Do you have a point ? Is the pot calling the kettle black?

5:38AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

The USA should give back most if not all the Native Americans lands especially when originally ocupied by them then just stolen.

7:29AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:26PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Didn't the Sioux conquer the land from the Crow and Cheyenne before the US conqered it from them ?

Now what would make the Sioux conquest more legitimate than the US one ?

And where did you get the absurd idea that the people living in the Americas before the European invaders took over were living more in peace and harmony with each other than people elsewhere on the planet.
The idea that its not the right of the strong to take what he wants from the weak is a very recent idea.

When my viking ancestors arrived over 400 years before Columbus they were kicked out by some aggressive natives without any other provocation than them being there (first contact described as peaceful trading) - its all written down in the Saga's.
No naive natives saving starving pilgrims at that time.

11:51PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

It seems to be a trend, this auctioning off sacred land. Not long after the UN visited and traveled about the country telling MEDIA we had to do more for the indigenous. I believe the 2 are related, never looked into it but, i said "bad things down the road", as they traveled about.

10:14AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

@ Pamela T. You are out of your tree to accuse native Americans of racism. They were incredibly non-racist despite the abuse of white people. Adopted white children werte treated every bit as well as their own children, with NO racial bias. Concerning “Indians and blacks” Creeks are well known for that mixture and those that became Seminolesin the Evergladed gave refuge and tribal status to escaped slaves. The treaty with the Lakota was imposed on them by the U.S. government, and the government has a duty to uphold it. Your post is really ignorant.@ Robert P Reportedly slavery [ yes, real slavery} still exists in the U.S.A. , [more than anywhere else in the G8 world today] despite the bastions of civilization that other countries have managed with less murder, genocide and theft than the U.S. has committed.@ Julian G You need more immigration ? Too many wild animals where you live ?

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