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!