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The Sioux Campaign to Buy Back the Black Hills That Belong to Them


Society & Culture  (tags: Sioux, Black Hills, Paha Sapa, stolen, environment, sacred land, Fort Laramie Treaty, illegally seized, history, land rights, campaign )

Pia
- 735 days ago - guardian.co.uk
The Black Hills were stolen from the Sioux in 1877. Now, the flagship media group lastrealindians.com and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have combined in an attempt to buy back Pe' Sla - land due to be auctioned off for development on 25 August 2012.



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Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:47 am
Give the Sioux back their stolen land! The white man has done enough damage over the years! Save their heritage!
 

Frans Badenhorst (551)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:08 am
it belongs to the Sioux... so?, give it back
 

John Gregoire (254)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:20 am
Agree but that's unlikely so buying it is a good move. BUT, please don't put a casino on it!
 

Veronique L. (213)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:33 am
Very funny, John Gregoire!!
 

Patricia Stucke (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:02 am
As human beings we should respect the feelings,culture, and dignity of each other. Too much inhumanity has been dealt globally.....and here in the states......in the name of "religion", "ethnic cleansing", "superiority", "development", etc.....Why must one way be the "right way"? We all belong to the family of mother earth......and should therefore respect each others' differences and celebrate the
"basics" of human life with each other. Mitakuye oyasin....and salama!
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:53 am
My local paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has been running a series of articles on the "war" with the Sioux that happened here 150 years ago this week. This topic wasn't even covered in our history books until the 1990's. The Sioux, which consisted of 7 separate tribes, had been tricked out of their land by treaties that were broken within minutes of being signed. The Civil War was raging and resources were sent there, none to the Sioux. They were starving, children dying, and when the Indian Agent told them on August 15, 1862, to eat grass, though his storehouses were filled with food, the next morning they decided to take what was theirs. And are paying for that mistake to this day. It isn't much, let them have it.
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:58 am
Should also note that South Dakota is firmly in the hands of the Republican party. Their laws are so lax many banks have their headquarters there. Not a group that is racially sensitive by any stretch of the imagination.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:17 pm
These are SACRED Grounds John, they have no intention of placing casino or anything else on it.

I've got a thread going for this with all sorts of information on it and people have made donations via information given, pay pal, credit card, email addresses to contact, phone numbers, mailing addresses for those who perfer to use the postal route.

Please go to....Pilamaya, Thank You....
INFORMATION ON HOW TO HELP SAVE THIS SACRED LAND
Pia, thank you so much for bringing this attention to people who hadn't seen the posting I did. The more who view the better the chances this land will be saved from going into development.
 

Joyce Schwartz (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:07 pm
the white men have always screwed the red men out of their land. they were here along time before we even came to this land and we lied and stole from them every chance we could to screw them
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:47 pm
redonnez la terre qu'il leur appartient !!!!!!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:48 pm
redonnez la terre qui leur appartient !!!!!!!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:43 pm
Great system eh? First steal the land; then exploit it; finally sell it back to the descendants of those from whom it was stolen!
 

Rin S. (10)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:57 pm
Thank you for the article, noted.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday August 17, 2012, 7:21 pm
We fully support the Sioux in their efforts to regain what is rightfully theirs. However they should not have to buy it back when it belongs to them in the first place. I believe this land to be sacred to them and that it will not be used for commercial gain. This land will be protected and revered. Here in Australia the Aborigines have won a number of claims of land and natural monuments that was theirs.. ..and no monies were exchanged. Thanks Pia.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday August 17, 2012, 7:53 pm
Why pay to get something back that was stolen in the first place? The tribes should be paid INTEREST on the original "long term loan " of their land!!!! Nuts to having to pay for it!!
One day, some day...there will be a Native American president...wouldn't that be interesting? Nothing is impossible.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:08 pm
We can question whether or not they should have to pay for this land that was stolen from them in the first place but in the meantime the time is pressing for this land that there is no time for debate. Per their own tribal nations this is what was determined.

The danger of the Oceti Sakowin losing Pe’ Sla is real, and imminent. Should Pe’ Sla pass into the hands of someone other than us, it’s highly likely that it will be developed. The State of South Dakota has expressed that it wants to use eminent domain to build a road right through the heart of Pe’ Sla. Development of Pe’ Sla would effectively cut off our access to it, and spell its destruction as a sacred site. Worse yet, we only have 9 days left before auction day.

After analyzing our legal options, it was understood that due to time constraints and the fact that Pe’ Sla is currently owned by a private party (the Reynolds family), our only viable option to ensure Pe’ Sla remains a sacred site for future generations of Oceti Sakowin, as well as other Tribes like the Cheyenne and Kiowa who hold similar beliefs and ceremonies, was to buy it. The cost for Pe’ Sla at auction, also called “Reynold’s Prairie,” is estimated to run anywhere from $6 to $10 million.
Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ict_sbc/black-hills-auction-saving-pe-sla http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ict_sbc/black-hills-auction-saving-pe-sla#ixzz23ra1DYM3

It is private ownership, the people want money for what they have a deed for. So there it stands, they, the Reynolds have the law on their side even if the Lakota have the history on theirs.
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:16 pm
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/564/165/021/give-the-black-hills-back-to-the-sioux/

Please sign - thanks!

Noting this and donating!
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:46 pm
Providing a hyperlink just in case:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/564/165/021/give-the-black-hills-back-to-the-sioux/

Give Black Hills Back to the Sioux
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:35 pm
Thank you Pia...I signed already but I wanted to say I can only hope and pray that the money needed WILL be available by the 25th and or there will be an extention granted to the Rightful heirs of this Sacred Land.
There is such a long history of abuse towards Native Americans that it is really morally Right Action that this land end up theirs. I wish they didn't have to buy it back.....but whats important is that they DO buy and reclaim this land now in 9 days...!
 

Klaus Peters (11)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:49 pm
Signed with comment: It is about time for the US to make good on the injustices that have been done to their native citizens.The Black Hills were stolen from the Sioux nation, they should not have to buy it back. It should be given back with a huge appologie and the land should be preserved as it is. It will go a long way for the Siouz people "to find inner peace" and also feel justice has been done in this instance. It is nothing worse to feel like a second rate citizen in your own country.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:16 am
Why Sioux have to buy this Land back since it have been previously stolen and destroyed by government? Thanks Pia and Susan, petition signed...
 

Sandra Penna (71)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:49 am
give their land back!!! and sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/564/165/021/give-the-black-hills-back-to-the-sioux/

Give Black Hills Back to the Sioux - thank you, Susan V.!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:35 am
Thanks Pia...already donated and signed Susan's petition
 

Dave C. (213)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:12 am
stolen from them before, wish we would just give it back....they were here first and would probably take better care of it in the future....
 

Anna M. (18)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:26 am
The US Govt should return this stolen merchandise immediately, at no cost to the tribe, and pay all the legal fees and interest owed on the lands for time in gov't possession.
 

g d c. (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:36 pm
if stolen, shouldn't reparation be made?
 

Pia M. (84)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:08 pm
Quite a lot of comments, thank you all - I was away for the weekend and away from computer... I think this article is interesting because it gives a perspective of one of the legal owners of the Paha Sapa, one who regards this place as sacred. The US government should AT LEAST declare a full ban on all further "development" and commercial exploitation of the area, ASAP - allowing the auction of Pe' Sla is an absolute disgrace. So the UN recommends returning the land to its owners, the US Supreme Court has already ruled that the land was taken illegally - when will the government end the illegal land grab?
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday August 20, 2012, 7:02 am
You ask Pia when will the Government end the illegal land grab? Well if there is money to be made, minerals to be found, something of value to obtain, they will continue to grab it by any means necessary. Private individuals will all seek what they want and convince others to go along in the "take" ......

I have a bumper stick on my car......It reads.....SURE YOU CAN TRUST THE GOVERNMENT.....JUST ASK AN INDIAN.....

PLEASE......SEND ANY DONATION YOU CAN......ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT......GO TO:
ALL DONATIONS WELCOMED AS LITTLE AS $1 PLEASE HELP FOR ONCE GONE THE SACRED LAND WILL BE UP FOR DEVELOPMENT

Thus far collected $110.737.....

You can go to my hotlink in my previous comment to find out a lot more information, petitions, other links to donate through, phone numbers, email addresses, snail mail addresses, many ways to help.

But we depend upon YOU......to let others know of this information. We are calling news channels please add your emails to MSNBC, CURRENT TV, RACHEL MADDOW SHOW, any shows you can think of. One woman collected $500 at her place of work, all the comments of people helping can be read on the link in my first comment.

Let others know.....Please, time is running out......Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 8:44 am
64 HOURS LEFT! No Donation is too small.....even $1 is accepted. Think of the Sacred of most Sacred place in your mind. How would you like it gone, destroyed, a road placed through it. If it was Mecca, the Jewish Wailing Wall, Lourdes, this is how Sacred this area is to The People!

Anpetu Waste! Good Day!

Many people have asked us, “Well if you don’t raise enough funds to buy the land at Pe’ Sla? What will you do with the money?” This is an excellent question. Our main focus continues to be purchasing the Pe’ Sla land that is being auctioned off on August 25, 2012. Our contingency plan at this time, is to put the funds towards purchasing and protecting other lands that may also become available at Pe’ Sla or in the sacred Black Hills, such as near Bear Butte, another sacred site that is threatened by ongoing development.

When someone asked me today, how would I feel if Pe’ Sla were to be bought by a developer, and destroyed, or paved with a road…. I couldn’t talk for awhile – I couldn’t speak – there was a pain in my chest, and I cried….the person on the phone thought I had hung up “Hello, Hello”. “Yes, I am here.” How I would feel? How would you feel if your whole way of life was threatened? If a place that was holy and mysterious was covered up by a parking lot? Bethlehem was an amusement park?

How would I feel if Pe’ Sla was destroyed? It would be a pain that it is difficult to describe..I suppose because I have not felt it before….. It would only be comparable to another Wounded Knee Massacre… or to having one of my relatives killed in front of me… When we say Mitakuye Oyasin..It is a prayer…it is a way of life. It is not something we just say. We are all related, and Pe’ Sla is our relative and should be treated as such! Hecetu Ye! Sara Jumping Eagle Editor/Organizer of funding

Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle is a Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist. Dr. Jumping Eagle is Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota from Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Dr. Jumping Eagle lives and works in Bismarck, ND. Dr. Jumping Eagle is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of North Dakota’s School Of Medicine.

She is a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians, the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s national advisory council, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and a member of the AAP’s Committee on Native American Child Health. Dr. Jumping Eagle is married and has three children. She is an advocate for the Lakota way of life, retaining Lakota language, promotion of health among Native youth, and encouraging youth to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.
 

Michael M. (58)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 9:00 am
a.y.m.:
The Lakota people refused monetary payment for the stolen Paha Sapa. Their heritage was NEVER for sale, and the US government military that was ordered to uphold the treaty keeping Paha Sapa to the tribes, instead chose to protect the invasion of the gold miners.

Here is an article from last year on the continuing refusal to take money for the Black Hills, by the Brother People:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/north_america/july-dec11/blackhills_08-23.html

But the 1900 acres area spoken of just above by Sheryl is privatized land to be auctioned off starting on the 25th of August, and so little has been given. A number of care2 members have been wonderfully generous, but this issue is so grave and so important that I hope you will please read all Sheryl has to say, and go to the links she offers to understand.

I offer this link again:

http://www.indiegogo.com/PeSla-LakotaHeartland?c=home&a=1054275
 

Pia M. (84)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 9:56 am
Ok, if anybody is still following this thread - please donate to the campaign to buy Pe' Sla back to the Sioux, and spread the word to everyone you know. Facebook, Twitter, whatever. So far $145,090 raised of $1,000,000 goal and 62 hours left.
Also, a new petition to the current owners of the land, http://www.thepetitionsite.com/686/718/938/stop-the-sell-of-pe-sla-south-dakota/

Here is the original Treaty of Fort Laramie, signed on April 29th 1868 between the US government and the Sioux Nation, which the government violated in 1877 by illegally seizing the land promised to the Sioux: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=42
Article II:
"The United States agrees that the following district of country - - shall be and the same is, set apart for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Indians herein named, and for such other friendly tribes or individual Indians as from time to time they may be willing, with the consent of the United States, to admit amongst them; and the United States now solemnly agrees that no persons, except those herein designated and authorized so to do, and except such officers, agents, and employees of the government as may be authorized to enter upon Indian reservations in discharge of duties enjoined by law, shall ever be permitted to pass over, settle upon, or reside in the territory described in this article - - "
 

monka blanke (74)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 10:07 am
signed, I hope they'll get their land back.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 6:16 am
Thank you all so much! Pilamaye for all your hope, your prayers, your contributions, and your "shares! Today the story of Pe’ Sla was in the Croatian news! We received hope and well wishes on a banner from children in France in the Lakota language! This has been a rollercoaster ride, and we are riding with our hands up and our hearts open! We keep working and praying for the best outcome, the opportunity to save Pe’ Sla from development and the freedom to pray in the place the Oceti Sakowin and many tribal Nations have considered sacred. We thank you for all your help and continued efforts especially in this time when we are uncertain of what will happen next. It is exciting and at the same time nerve wracking! Our team and the Oceti Sakowin continue to collaborate! Keep it going, keep it in the news, and keep sharing! We are working for our wakanyeja, our children, as they are the future! Pilamaye, Sara Jumping Eagle
Updated Video Thank YOU From Chase Iron Eyes Please Continue He Hears the Voices From Around the World of People Rising Up to Protect This Sacred Site 15 more days to Donate and Help
 

Abo r. (100)
Monday September 17, 2012, 10:01 am
Thank you pia for posting and henrette for forwarding.
Noted and signed
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday September 17, 2012, 10:17 am
Rosebud Sioux Tribe serving as a representative for the group of Lakota/Nakota/Dakota tribes involved in the purchase process has until November 30 to pay the remaining $8.1 million.

All of the monies raised on the Last Real Indians website will be used to purchase Pe' Sla. Those who contributed on C2, helped to forward the information around, and was able to give others an opportunity to donate should feel very good about themselves.

"This is a beautiful thing that has happened,” says Gay Kingman, executive director of The Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association. “It feels really good, especially from what our spiritual leaders tell us, they are praying and guiding us as well, they are saying that if we move forward in a spiritual way this is doable. If politics or anything gets in the way, we do not know what will happen."

I would direct any further inquiries to this or where to donate, as $8 million more needs to be raised to:

Contact Info:
Alfred Walking Bull
Communications Specialist

Rosebud Sioux Tribe
11 Legion Avenue
PO Box 420
Rosebud, South Dakota 57570

605-747-5755, ext. 25
rstcommunications@gmail.com

OR......Contact
A. Gay Kingman
Greater Plains Tribal Chairman Association
2040 W. Main St. Suite 112
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Phone (605) 791-4050
Email gptca@yahoo.com
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday September 17, 2012, 10:18 am
Rosebud Sioux Tribe serving as a representative for the group of Lakota/Nakota/Dakota tribes involved in the purchase process has until November 30 to pay the remaining $8.1 million.

All of the monies raised on the Last Real Indians website will be used to purchase Pe' Sla. Those who contributed on C2, helped to forward the information around, and was able to give others an opportunity to donate should feel very good about themselves.

"This is a beautiful thing that has happened,” says Gay Kingman, executive director of The Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association. “It feels really good, especially from what our spiritual leaders tell us, they are praying and guiding us as well, they are saying that if we move forward in a spiritual way this is doable. If politics or anything gets in the way, we do not know what will happen."

I would direct any further inquiries to this or where to donate, as $8 million more needs to be raised to:

Contact Info:
Alfred Walking Bull
Communications Specialist

Rosebud Sioux Tribe
11 Legion Avenue
PO Box 420
Rosebud, South Dakota 57570

605-747-5755, ext. 25
rstcommunications@gmail.com

OR......Contact
A. Gay Kingman
Greater Plains Tribal Chairman Association
2040 W. Main St. Suite 112
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Phone (605) 791-4050
Email gptca@yahoo.com
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:54 pm
Congratulations to the Great Sioux Nation for securing PILAMAYA!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:39 pm
All updates on what Thubten spoke upon can be found at live 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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