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The Great Sioux Nation Raise $9M to Buy Sacred Land

World  (tags: Pilamaya, the Black Hills, South Dakota, Sioux nation )

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The land, known as Pe' Sla, went up for sale after being privately owned. Members of the Great Sioux Nation have been allowed to gather there every year to perform rituals and feared new owners would develop the sacred land.


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Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:06 pm
"This marks the culmination of four months of a worldwide outpouring of support for the protection of Pe' Sla. The Great Sioux Nation came together to show the world it is paramount for human beings to respect our living mother earth and sacred sites," Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Chase Iron Eyes said in a statement.

penny C (83)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:36 pm
Thanks Thubten.

Terry V (30)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:44 pm
9 million thanks for the FANTASTIC news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vicky P (476)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:51 pm

Mary Robert (2)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:43 pm
I am thrilled to hear this. This should help other tribal bodies to undertake similar actions. Maybe they could petition the US government to repay the cost of purchasing the land. It wouldn't happen, but it could make the news and stir up more help for regaining lost land and artifacts.

Bill K (3)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:49 pm
i'm glad they're getting it back but they shouldn't have to pay for something that had been stolen from them.

jo M. (3)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:00 pm
I wonder why this land plays an important part in their creation myth when they've only been on it for about 250 years, after they drove the Cheyenne out. They didn't originate there, they were fairly recent occupiers. They stole it from others and then we stole it from them, so I have no problem with them having to buy it.

Roger G (148)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:51 am
noted, thanks !

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:59 am
Noted. Great News!!!!

Ben O (135)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:55 am
Wonderful news! I agree with Bill K. though; -They shouldn't have to pay for something that had been stolen from them...

john byrne (50)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:14 am

Great news & shows what people can do when we happy to see PE'SLA in the hands of the Oceti Sakowin.

David F (39)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:13 pm
This American Life had a very moving podcast on what happened to the Sioux of Dakota. It would make every American cringe with guilt!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:24 pm
Thx Thubten, I'm pleased to see that also CBS picked up this news about a unique victory for the tribes, DESPITE all the rest, i.e. the wrong for having to purchase. We all should be happy and grateful for having been a part of that victory.

Diane K (134)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:26 pm
Noted. Thanks

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:40 pm
Not fair that they hve to pay

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:02 pm
Great news! I so agree Marie Therese! Thanks for sharing Jenny!

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Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:13 pm

Marilyn L (107)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:32 pm
“Native Americans have a long history in the Black Hills. After conquering the Cheyenne in 1776, the Lakota took over the territory of the Black Hills, which became central to their culture. In 1868, the U.S. government signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement forever. However, when European Americans discovered gold there in 1874, as a result of George Armstrong Custer's Black Hills Expedition, erstwhile miners swept into the area in a gold rush. The US government re-assigned the Lakota, against their wishes, to other reservations in western South Dakota. Unlike most of South Dakota, the Black Hills were settled by European Americans primarily from population centers to the west and south of the region, as miners flocked there from earlier gold boom locations in Colorado and Montana.”
It seems the Reynolds justified in asking the Sioux to buy back land they took from the Cheyenne. We tend to forget that before the white man many Indian Nations fought with each other and displaced each other, killing each other and enslaving others. I am not making excuses for our lack of integrity of not upholding treaties, but let’s tell the whole story and not distort them.

. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:49 pm
Good comment Marilyn. Still it is good news for the Lakota.

Mike M (38)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:12 pm
Good to hear

Colleen L (3)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:31 pm
Great news. Thanks Thubten

Sheila D (28)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:35 pm
Good to know the members of the Great Sioux Nation were finally able to buy the land they hold sacred. Let's hope they can hang on to it this time.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:49 pm
They will be better stewards of the land. But, then again Native Americans hadn't caught onto white man's greed and idea of casinos except recently. Pay back time. Granted, no one really "owns" the earth, nor the stars, the air, etc but there are many who feel through the use of force....that they are entitled to it. Uh, does this smack of ....just a teeny bit...of anti Semitic/Christian "my God promised and gave it to me" so it's mine! all mine!! retoric????

pam M (98)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:09 pm
Awesome news.

Bonita Annis (20)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:21 pm
Amen! I was hoping for this outcome...

Sandra M Z (114)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:05 pm
Wonderful that Prayers for our World will still emanate from this sacred land.

Noted, Thank you Thubten.

Ray M (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:29 pm
They shouldn't have had to pay a dime. Was theirs in the first place.

Fran F (116)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:17 am
A great outcome for the Lakota people and for the land! Thank you, Thubten.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:15 am
What great news! ThanksThubten

Vera Taylor (46)
Monday December 3, 2012, 4:13 am
They should NOT have had to buy it back. !!!!!!!!!!!! We, the Native Americans should be given back what the white man stole from us after murdering our people. Those who have taken our land threw deciet and murder should be murdered the same way, with contaminated blankets and filthy deseased people and left to suffer and die. Its a shame they hgave onlyleft their childeren to pay for thier sins!!!!!!!!!!

Myron Scott (70)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:34 am
Less like purchasing than like paying ransom.

wayne hall (3)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:38 am
I would have thought that the native Americans would have been given back the land that was theres in the first place, but no they had to raise the money and by it back off the Ameician Government instead, it is theres by fight really, My Government of Australia have given back to lands to our indigenous people and they did not have to pay any money for it, they were given back their own land that the colonist took from them when Australia was colonized. Let them have the land and give them back their money so they can put it to better use. And thanks Thubten for posting.

Shirley B (5)
Monday December 3, 2012, 9:13 am
I am happy for the Lakota, but they should have given the land back. The Lakota can ill afford so much money as I contribute to the schools and to the land purchase, however I am happy that their heritage will again be theirs. Pilamaya.

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:59 am
If the Sioux "took" the land from the Cheyenne and, as some colonists here appear to believe, they shpuld be required to pay for doing so, then payment should be made to said Cheyenne and not the US government. And, if one is to take this twisted "logic" to its (ir)rational conclusion, shouldn't the Chippewa be required to compensate the Sioux in turn for kicking their arses out onto the Great Plains and out of their original homelands?

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:32 am
Noted, thanks Thubten, The Black Hills are remarkable. Spent several of my youth years in Rapid City and my family often took little trips into the hills to enjoy nature. Think I first experienced 'spiritualism' at a favorite place we knew as McGee's Siding while taking a solitary walk. Must have been about 6 or 7 yrs. old. Very special place on earth for me. So glad the Sioux are getting parts of it back. No one owns the earth though. As Jo M. and others stated, the land has been "Occupied" by many prior to the Sioux. Such activity as "land theft" has happened the world over and is continuing. Hopefully the Sioux will honor and truly respect the Hills and the prairie involved, better than we white European intruders have done, who wanted it primarily for gold and to hell with the disastrous after effects.


Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:42 am
This land belongs to the Sioux Indians and they should not have to buy it back, it is their home and heritage, sacred to them, big money for developers. This is totally wrong, the Sioux should be the guardian of the Black Hills without paying for their rights!
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