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40th Anniversary Commemorating The Takeover of Mount Rushmore : VIDEO

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This Coming August 29, 2010 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the historic Reclaiming of Our Sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills of 1970). On this day, we will gather at the Amphitheater at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota to...

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kat yazzie (400)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:32 am
We Invite You To Both Attend and Participate In Our Upcoming Tribal Sovereignty Forum at Mount Rushmore.

This Coming August 29, 2010 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the historic Reclaiming of Our Sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills of 1970). On this day, we will gather at the Amphitheater at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota to reflect upon the 1970 occupation in a spiritual way, to renewing friendships and bonds formed at that time. We come to pray, to educate The Youth about the Importance of Protecting Our Sacred Sites, and to use this opportunity for our people to be near the place of our origin, the Paha Sapa.

Additionally, we hope to coordinate Tribal Leaders who will discuss the needs of our People and move forward with real resolutions to The Issues Each Reservation Has. Such as Better Health Care on Our Reservations, Schools and Colleges, Red Road Teachings, Language Preservation, Suicide Prevention, Treaty Rights, Tribal Police Force, Water Preservation, Better Housing, Renewable energy's. Traditional dancers and Drums are Welcome to participate.

Confirmed to speak:

*Lehman L. Brightman-President of UNA-Leader of The Take Over of Mount Rushmore 1970.

*A.Gay Kingman-Executive Director of The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association.

*Richie Richards-Professor at UC Berkeley

*Paul Robertson-Professor at Oglala Lakota College

*Barbara Elk-Writer, Poet

*Kiera-Dawn Kolson-Spoken Word

We are extending open invitations to the Inter-Tribal Community and their families to join us, in this historic and educational event. Please RSVP at (605) 484-3036 or (510)672-7187

Our Event Is 100% Free. But, Persons Driving to and from Our Event Must Pay For Parking. There will be a car pool from the Mother Butler Community Center to Mt.Rushmore. For those who wish to car pool you can contact:
Les Old Lodge: (605)491-0651 or

Parking Fee:

$10.00 - Annual Pass (Cars,Motorcycles and RV's)
$50.00 Commercial Bus - Day

Also there will be a community feed, for those of you who would like to donate food please contact:
Christy Ryan:(605)431-6358 or

For More Information On How To Donate, Sponsor, Present a Work Shop and or Be a Participate.

Please Contact:

A. Gay Kingman, M.Ed. Executive Director
Member, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
1926 Stirling St.
Rapid City, SD 57702
Cell: (605)-484-3036
Fax: (605)-343-3074
Quanah Parker Brightman
VP of United Native Americans,Inc.
2434 Faria Ave
Pinole, CA 94564
Cell: (510)-672-7187

Mack David (100)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:35 am
Love that poster-Kat!!!

Barbara K (60)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 10:26 am
Sounds like a great anniversary and wish I could be there too. Thanks, Kat, for all you do.

Jeannette A (137)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 11:42 am
Learn from and honor the past, plan and hope for the future, but make today, this day, one of beauty and celebration. This anniversary celebration is something to give hope and substance for all Native American and is most welcome.

Crystal T (20)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 11:59 am
Thanks for posting this about Crazy Horse Mountain. I read about the event in either Russell Means's book or Dennis Banks's book or both. One of the things that struck me was there we were in 1970 and the commentator talked about how Hinkley or Agnew, can't remember which, would be going to tell the Indians about the Great White Father's position -- Great White Father in the 1970s... I'm not Native American, but that sounds pretty insulting to me. As if Indians are toddlers who can't understand the concept of government, so you have to talk to them in baby talk. Maybe it was a necessary visualization in the 19th century, but now? Pullleaze....

Christina G (41)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 12:04 pm
Our western culture needs to be reminded that, instead of trying to re-create the earth in our image (ie Mt Rushmore), we need to learn the humility and respect of the Native cultures.
This looks like a wonderful event~ Thanks, Kat~

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 12:41 pm
I have a t-shirt with 'Vandalism' written under a pic of Mt Rushmore.
Thanks for this video, Kat.

Georgina B (21)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 1:01 pm
Thanks for sharing the Video with us Kat. Wish I could be there!!!

Debbie Hogan (115)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 3:19 pm
50-50 chance the land is theirs....? How ignorant could that park ranger be? Who owned ALL this land before the white settlers came?...and I don't blame them one bit for being fed up with politicians fighting over Native American issues, passing the buck around as if it were their concern and not the indigenous peoples.

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 3:56 pm
.. I wish I could give you back all your land Kat.. not just Mount Rushmore..xooxox, Blu and family

. (0)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 4:54 pm
I agree Debbie but its more like 100% I wish I could be there looks like a great time with many good things comming for the future for all Nations its time way past time. Thanks Kat

pj d (57)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 5:13 pm
I agree with Blu! Have a wondrous celebration everyone!!

Bette M (91)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 6:09 pm
I had never thought of it before but there really should be
a Native American indian Mount Rushmore with four selected
tribes to represent all of the indian nations.........

Why not?

Plant & protect trees for life................

Henry P (171)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:21 pm
Thanks Kat .I wish I could be there Two .

Tania N (888)
Friday July 2, 2010, 1:31 am
thanks for the artcile!

Treasure Tree C (354)
Friday July 2, 2010, 1:36 am
Thank you Kat.

MmAway M (506)
Friday July 2, 2010, 8:07 am
Outstanding Kat...

While I did go to the site I got stuck there watching other videos.

Thank you, Thank you, thank you!!!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 2, 2010, 9:09 am
Love how the native people went right to the heart of it, partison politics. Finger pointing when nothing has been done by any of them to right some wrongs or make improvements.

Mandi T (367)
Friday July 2, 2010, 11:52 am
Love this, ty Kat.

Dave Kane (308)
Friday July 2, 2010, 12:46 pm
Geez, why is taking so long to settle this issue . . . could it be those with the power want to keep it and don't give a sh*t about justice? In fact are scared of justice?


Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday July 2, 2010, 8:38 pm
That is going to be absolutely amazing once it's complete....62 years, though....?.....What, indeed, has been taking so long...?...At this rate, perhaps they SHOULD make over Mt. Rushmore....Not a bad idea at all, Bette....

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday July 2, 2010, 8:38 pm
Thanks very much for the link, Dave...

mr Crowley (23)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 12:24 am
thanks for sharing!

KS Goh (0)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 1:59 am
Thanks for sharing.

Vukan Simic (121)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 8:20 am
Thanks for sharing Kat

Laura Case (121)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 8:16 pm
wow thanks for sharing Kat

Teresamarie S (45)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 12:18 pm
all this belongs to my people and the white is abuseing beon repair.I will be there in spirit my brother and Sister's.
♥Many Flower's♥

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 12:34 am
It has taken far too long to address these important issues but we see some progress being made - albeit slowly - even among our Aboriginal natives. They are claiming back quite a number of thei r sacred sites and Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory was renamed Ulhuru - some years ago. They also have mandate over Kakadu Park in Arnhem land. They take care of the land far better than we 'white eyes'.

Charlie L (47)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:28 pm
I wouldn't blame Native People if they got a rocket launcher and blew the faces off that so-called monument. If it is a monument it is one that is dedicated to racism and thievery and has no rightful place in the history of America.
Perhaps future historians should note that there was once a monument dedicated to four presidents who presided over thievery, racism and genocide until the long suffering victims of their vicious policies rose up in righteous anger to make right grievances that have left a mad and bloody legacy that should bother the conscience of any American who cares about what is right.


Bette M (91)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:29 pm
Charlie.......I agree!!

Please plant & protect Danny Trees in honor of my son Danny.

5/22/84-9/5/10.....................Plant a million Danny Trees................
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