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TAKE ACTION NOW! Help the Lakota Sioux Save Their Sacred Black Hills Land!

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The auction was cancelled at the last minute, and it's clear public pressure played a roleThe Lakota Sioux tribes continue to ask as many people across the US and around the world to stand in solidarity, and demand the US government collaborate on a long-

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Azaima A (207)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:28 am

Diane B (275)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:36 am
noted and signed thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:06 am

Judy C (97)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:10 am
Signed. Thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 6:14 am
Pleased to sign this. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 6:51 am
already signed, thanks Cal

Danny M (83)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:04 am
Signed and noted. Thank you Cal!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:19 am
Noted, signed and shared ty Cal.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:30 am
signed, thank you

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:31 am
signed TY Cal

Michael M (60)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:42 am
Sarah Jumping Eagle, one of the three instrumental in raising donations outside of tribal councils of the Lakota, created this petition - please sign.

Although many of the Oceti Sakowin (the 7 council fires) of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota People, have in practice accepted the term "Souix", it might be a better, more respectful and kind address for all outside the tribe please call them by their proper name, rather than a misinterpreted epithet. There's an "N" word that establ;ishes precedent in the majority culture.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:51 am

Carol H (229)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:32 am
already signed, noted

Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:36 am
Signed, TY

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:47 am
Done. Thanks.

Elle B (84)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:08 am
Thank-you Cal for this most important post.

"According to the white man, the Indian, choosing to return to his tribal manners and dress, 'goes back to the blanket.' True, but 'going back to the blanket' is the factor that has saved him from, or at least stayed, his final destruction. Had the Indial been as completely subdued in spirit as he was in body he would have perished within the century of his subjection. But it is the unquenchable spirit that has saved him - his clinging to Indian ways, Indian thought, and tradition, that has kept him and is keeping him today. The white man's ways were not his ways and many of the things that he has tried to adopt have proven disastrous and to his utter shame. Could the Indian have forestalled the flattery and deceit of his Euoropean subjector and retained his native truth and honesty; could he have shunned whiskey and disease and remained the paragon of health and strenghth he was, he might today be a recongnized man instead of a hostage on a reservation. But many an Indian has accomplished his own personal salvation by "going back to the blanket." The Indian blanket or buffalo robe, a true American garment, and worn with the significance of language, covered beneath it, in the prototype of the American Indian, one of the bravest attempts ever made by man on this continent to rise to heights of true humanity.

To clothe a man falsely is only to distress his spirit and to make him incongruous and ridiculous, and my entreaty the the American Indian is to retain his tribal dress."

Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin [Chief Luther Standing Bear], (1905-1939) Oglala Lakota

Elle B (84)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:10 am
And . . .

"The Indian loved to worship. From birth to death he revered his surroundings. He considered himself born in the luxurious lap of Mother Earth and no place was to him humble. There was nothing between him and the Big Holy. The contact was immediate and personal, and the blessings of Wakan Tanka flowed over the Indian like rain showered from the sky. Wakan Tanka was not aloof, apart, and ever seeking to quell evil forces. He did not punish the animals and the birds, and likewise He did not punish man. He was not a punishing God. For there was never a question as to the supremacy of an evil power over and above the power of Good. There was but one ruling power, and that was Good."

"Regarding the 'civilization' that has been thrust upon me since the days of reservation, it has not added one whit to my sense of justice; to my reverence for the rights of life; to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity; nor to my faith in Wakan Tanka—God of the Lakotas. For after all the great religions have been preached and expounded, or have been revealed by brilliant scholars, or have been written in books and embelished in fine language with finer covers, man—all man—is still confronted with the Great Mystery."

"So if today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the white man's present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!"

Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin [Chief Luther Standing Bear], (1905-1939) Oglala Lakota

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:37 am
Signed and noted

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 11:00 am
signed many petitions...thinking of making one for the casino tribes to help the less fortunate but not less important tribes like the Lakota,dakota and Nakota ,all three have no casino income and live in horrid conditions.
I get emails every winter that people are freezing to death there.
ty Cal and all who care.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:10 pm
Thanks Cal

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 1:24 pm
As always, the American government have no intention of honouring treaties or paying the compensation promised over a hundred years ago. If a fraction of it were paid then the Native Americans could buy back the land they should already control.

In fact, I seem to remember Obama promising that he would be helping them and for a while it seemed that he would do so.

sandra g (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:01 pm
We have much to learn from them, please respect every culture !!

Rebecca Y (26)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:04 pm
I think we simply should save the Black Hills, not auction it off. If we were to give everything back to the Native Americans, we wouldn't have anything left. It is very sad the way the American Indians were treated. I wasn't part of that and I think our government acted deplorable in not abiding by treaties. What should be done is reinstate the treaties and therefore, the land promised them would be theirs. An injunction by some smart lawyers should be able to undertake past treaties that were violated.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:19 pm

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 3:44 pm

Elizabeth O (93)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:09 pm

anne Barusta (0)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:31 pm
signed, thanks

Monica D (580)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:16 pm
Signed. There are over 49,000 signatures on this petition currently.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:21 pm
N&S It should be cancelled for good!

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:31 pm
Noted and signed.

pam w (139)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:57 pm
This needs publicity....all over the nation!

Dea V (9)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:13 pm
action taken

Emily Drew (88)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 11:24 pm
Signed and noted thank you!

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 12:14 am

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 2:26 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 2:48 am
Signed,TY Cal.

Joe R (190)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 7:36 am

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:24 am
noted,thanks for sharing

Kenneth V (1500)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 11:59 am
signed and noted

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 1:22 pm

Rana Strivelli (14)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 2:13 pm
signed and posted to my fb

. (0)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 4:54 pm
Signed and Noted.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 5:54 pm
Signed #49,709. Noted. Much thanks, Cal.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 5:58 pm
Noted, signed, posted to facebook and twitter from care2.

Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:17 pm
Signed. Thanks Cal

Rhonda B (106)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:30 pm

Sara Williams (8)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 10:11 pm

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 10:23 pm
Noted and already signed.

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 10:24 pm
Signed, hope the Sioux get their sacred land back and share it with the rest of the world. Hopefully not a casino, but share your culture with us.

Mike H (252)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 11:48 pm
Signed the U.S. govt has a long history of treachery

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 11:58 pm
Signed and noted thanks

Patricia E G (54)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:23 am
I have noted & signed

Thank you Cal

Seda A (4)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:51 am
signed, thanks

. (0)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 6:52 am
To help the Sioux nation I will do everything I can
very happy to sign - ty Cal and Ruith for fw

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 5:18 pm
Signed....I'm of mixed Sioux blood. Don't even compare Sioux with The "N'" word. We use "Sioux" proudly.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 9:55 pm
Cal thank you for posting. Signed x2 as well as family and friends, reposted on Twitter & shared.
Prayers continue for the Oceti Sakowin to be given their lands back in perpetuity.

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday August 31, 2012, 9:42 am
Beautiful comments, Elle B. You cannot currently send a star to Elle because you have done so within the last week.

Donated, noted and signed. I can't wait to hear the good news that this sacred land is secured for the Tribes, and everyone who benefits from the prayers offered there............

Thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:43 am

Kimberly McMahen (25)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 9:27 am
The earth is our Mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.
~ Chief Seattle

Rachel J (0)
Monday September 3, 2012, 12:10 pm
believe in mother Earth and respect those of us who do

alicia m (97)
Monday September 3, 2012, 11:15 pm
noted, signed, shared, gracias

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 2:14 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:01 pm
We made history! PeSla belongs to the Sioux Nation; our tears & smiles send energy to all. All funds will go toward Pe Sla costs. LRI raised over $900,000! To get all updates go to link below.
the Great Sioux Nation, or Oceti Sakowin has managed to raise the $9 million necessary to secure the sacred land in the Black Hills of South Dakota
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