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Sioux Spiritual Leader Speaks Out on Land Sale at Sacred Site

Society & Culture  (tags: Pe Sla, The Black Hills, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation keeper of the White Buff, People of the Seven Council Fires, Chase Iron Eyes, Real Last Indians, Reynolds Prairie, United States, treaty, sacred, land, auction )

- 2497 days ago -
If we truly believe in our survival, if we believe in humanity's future, then we should be given that land back. It doesn't belong to the United States. That land should be in our hands so we can protect it, not only for us but for all of humankind. Aho.


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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:30 am
Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th-generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. Ages ago, it was given to the Lakota by White Buffalo Calf Woman, Pte San Win. She taught the Lakota how to pray and have ceremony. Looking Horse holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Great Sioux Nation, whose indigenous name Oceti Sakowin means the People of the Seven Council Fires.

"Our creation story comes from the Black Hills, from the heart of Mother Earth. Ceremonies are performed at Pe' Sla which, maintain a sacred harmony between heaven and earth and sustain our way of life." said Chief Looking Horse.

"At Pe' Sla we give energy, as the whites call it; that is what our ceremonies do," said Looking Horse. "We humans have power, but we don't know it. We can send energy to the universe and it comes back to us. We can change the environment. People must understand that we have power, and if we are to live, we have to have faith and belief through our spiritual ways and our sites. All indigenous do this with energy."

The Black Hills, when viewed from a satellite, are shaped like a heart. Pe' Sla, a bald spot among the pine-treed hills, sits in the center of a formation of sacred Lakota sites that mirror a pattern of celestial bodies, including the Pleiades and Sirius, beautifully demonstrating an as-above, so-below design. It is the center of the Lakota creation story.

Chase Iron Eyes, member of the Oceti Sakowin and an author, attorney and the founder of, which publishes work by indigenous writers and artists, is raising funds to buy back the stolen lands in the Black Hills. Iron Eyes said, "I don't think it's an accident that other indigenous peoples' sacred sites are coming under attack, such as the San Francisco Peaks, or the Four Mountains of the Dine or Navajo Nation, all throughout Turtle Island - or North America - and South America. The way I see it is, this corporatocracy, or the Corporate West, is never satisfied. It just keeps consuming and destroying. This system needs to be put in check."

"We are going to find out real soon if we are able to raise enough money to buy back our own land," he said. The irony of buying land that was stolen from you is not lost on Iron Eyes: "The United States holds illegitimate and illegal title to our land. They are trying to absorb not only the Lakota people, but everybody, into the corporate West."

Iron Eyes views the protection of sacred sites as the final frontier where indigenous ways cannot waiver.

Contact Info:
Lastrealindians, Inc.
4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39
Fargo, North Dakota 58104
Phone: (605) 268-0434

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

Contact Info:
Alfred Walking Bull
Communications Specialist
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
605-747-5755, ext. 25


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:36 am
Thank you Dandelion. Tweeted.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 7:34 am
Please check to see if you have signed these petitions, all actions help financial and petitions if you are unable to donate. Please forward the information to others. Pilamaye, Thank you.
Avaaz Petition Help the Lakota Sioux Save Their Sacred Black Hills Land
Give The Black Hills Back to the Sioux
Stop the Sale of the Sacred Land site of Pa Sla Directed Towards the Reynolds Family

We are excited and hopeful about this new development! Your letters, phone calls, petitions, and emails have helped! Keep it up!

Please continue to help us fundraise and spread the word! A miracle is happening and you are part of it! We now have 17 days! LILILILILILI!

Pilamaye! Thank you!
Mitakuye Oyasin, We are All Related!
Chase Iron Eyes, Dana Lone Hill, Ruth Robertson-Hopkins, Sara Jumping Eagle

Terry V (30)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:06 am
DAMN Government. This should be a no brainer, but I guess they've lost that for CRUELTY< STUPIDITY, and GREED.


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:15 am
Thanks Dandelion, all petitions signed and donation (though small), made. I still have not heard back from any of the Mohican or Masahtucket Pequot tribal elders.I saw on the news the other night that a new casino is planned for Springfield, MA which would take away a lot of business from the CT tribal casinos. I guess this is why there is a moratorium on donations...along with the crappy economy. Still praying to the Great Spirit for a miracle.

Sue H (7)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:28 am
I stand in solidarity with you.

Susan V (80)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 10:43 am
Thanks Dandelion - still hoping this miracle for us all will materialize.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:00 am
Little I could add here Sheryl ;-) you know it's all been done.
What I wonder about, though, is, if anyone has thought of spreading the word to any/ all of the many, many progressive and other organisations that stuff our inboxes on a daily basis. Whether Human Rights, animal welfare or other advocate groups.
They have and continue to ASK US for signatures and donations, how about some vice versa action now`?
Not sure if it would be very appropriate for me as a non US to step up to this, but certainly each and everyone of you can and should do that! Probably you, too receive some 2-3 dozen emails/day from the various groups, time we should flood them as well.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:21 am
dang, another disappeared comment, I'll try again:
Sheryl thanks, you know it's all been done so little can I add here.
But I have been wondering if any of you had the idea to spread the word to the many, many organisations that flood our inboxes on a daily basis: Be they political progressive groups, human rights, animal welfare , environmental or other advocacy organisations. They all have and continue to ASK US for donations and signatures or other actions, it's time for some vice versa action now, what you think???
It may not be very appropriate for me as a non US citizen to step up to it but certainly each and every one of you can and should do that.
(in case you are short on addresses I can definitely help out from the 3-4 dozen emails I get daily ;-) )

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:39 am
BTW, how many hours exactly would there be left now with the original deadline for donations, has anyone kept up with that?
Due to the different time zone/s I got confused. But looks like they would have reached around the 250k, same as it stands now, just as I thought.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:12 pm
THIS IS the miracle-IF it is true: BREAKING (maybe premature, lets all pray it is factual)

sadibroncho said 9 minutes ago .not sure if it is true or not…so if anyone has any other information…but it says that the Auction for Pe’ Sla has been cancelled! ♥
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.
Approx. 1942 Acres of Prime Beautiful Black Hills Ranchland
South of Deadwood & Lead, South Dakota

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:16 pm
My heart is so heavy that Natives are still suffering. My Reservation Elders are holding a vigil in hopes of understaning and peace for our brothers and sisters the Lakota Sioux. Sadly it is hard for me to keep my
heart open becauuse anger and rage has taken over.
"Is there not something worthy of perpetuation in our indian
spirir of democracy, where Earth, our mother, was free to all
and no one sought to impverish or enslave his neighbor?"

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:23 pm
Frankly, too good to be true. The website doesn't look very professional to me, but that's just my opinion.
Nevertheless I hope and pray that we actually are witnessing the miracle hoped for.

. (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:25 pm
Having been to the Black Hills, by not giving this land back to it's rightful owners is morally, and ethically wrong- and the state legislatures know it.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:45 pm
C2 is really messing up today, trying to check comments, trying to load up this story has been a nightmare. I am thrilled if the auction is cancelled Angelika, and I am in hopes that this is good news. The website you gave to me has a lot of information on it, so if it isn't legit, someone took a lot of time and effort to put it together, so with that I am sort of inclined to believe it is real.

Is a good idea what you say, notifying other activist sites, I know I put in emails to the various news channels, thus far have not seen anything. Again, Dominent Culture is 99% of the population, is hard to get them to notice the 1% and gee doesn't that sound familiar with the reversal of the numbers, the Elites and the rest of us. So you see, for First Nations people they are the last to be thought of so many times.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:52 pm
Yes Sheryl, I rechecked , googled etc, it seems to be real. Couldn't find a private website for the Reynolds, though. One is there for him, but for members only ad not sure if that's the one Leonard Reynold in question, some stuff about body care on there also. but if you google, looks like that family owns all of Hill City in S.D.

I guess the intervention of Dr. Ayada or whatever that name was came timely and made the difference. I will post this news to that petition creator directing the Reynolds, Bob Venn.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:56 pm
Sigh, yes. but I have seen several articles about this on the US news, incl. USA Today. It is mainly the Akin story currently stealing away attention from anything else.
I imagine we will soon have update 28 from chase or Sara.... and know the truth.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 1:03 pm
oh geez my comment is not showing up

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 1:25 pm
sadibroncho said 19 minutes ago

Yes…a friend of mine is following up with the Rapid City paper…they were not even aware of it…he called the Broker’s office, and a woman there had been told to post it…but still waiting for more information! May be cause for great celebration!?

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 1:58 pm
why don't the casino tribes lend a fiscal hand?
This affects all native Americans. ?
I hope the auction is canceled Angelika.But would've been great to see all tribal nations working together for pe' sla is the wakan for us all.Thanks all.should I start telling people not to worry about gifting me with donations? what a gr8 day.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 2:32 pm
Sara Jumping Eagle posted an announcement 27 minutes ago

For Immediate Release: Update: Pe’ Sla Auction Cancelled on Direction of Owners’ Representative

The auction scheduled on August 25, 2012 for the acreage called Reynold’s Prairie, also known as Pe’ Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc:

The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. Updates forthcoming.

Pilamaye, Lastrealindians

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 2:40 pm
tasunka-I have not forgotten.. how could I... But you better NOT tell ppl that, we must keep it rolling..You may consider this new development your special gift for tomorrow. I guess the auction has just been postponed due to the intervention of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Prof. Anaya. We'll know.

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 2:41 pm
all tribes should be helping
we are all connected

Edwin M (346)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 2:52 pm
Thanks Sheryl

MmAway M (519)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 3:51 pm
Thank you Sheryl Couldn't get to any messages though they just keep coming like crazy. Did note and will return with Care2 gets this issue resolved hun! Saw your petitions and will get them!

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 4:37 pm
Have signed Petitions Dandelion Thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:04 pm
Thanks for this article.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:14 pm
We do not know why this auction has been cancelled. There is a lot of land to be purchased, 5 lots of 400 acres each most of them, plus around the Bear Butte area. ALL of the monies will be used to buy land that was once in their care and protection. So please do not stop the roll as Angelika said, it will start to cause mixed signals, and their Fundraiser was increased by a few days, so they actually instead of stopping kept it going longer due to the auction being cancelled, for now anyways.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:52 pm
Thank you for this most appreciated History. I'm jumping with joy~ knowing the auction has been postponed. Computer problems...

Laurie H (818)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:58 pm
So Many Thanks Dandelion---my heaven-the natives have dealt with too much as it is---will continue to share, sign,etc. Many Thanks~~~

Richelle Rausch (43)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:22 pm
"The way I see it is, this corporatocracy, or the Corporate West, is never satisfied. It just keeps consuming and destroying. This system needs to be put in check." EXACTLY! Thank you


Judy C (91)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 10:43 pm
The empire never sleeps, and once again they can't just let anyplace be, without being bought and sold. The greed and endless expansion just steamrolls on. As some may know, the auction is called off for now, but it's not likely that the people that are seeing dollar signs on this land are giving up for good. Thanks for keeping us informed on this issue, Dandelion.

CENSORED NEWS: Auction of Pe'Sla Cancelled By Owners


Judy C (91)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:04 pm
Getting back to the content of this article, anyway, Looking Horse says:

"We humans have power, but we don't know it. We can send energy to the universe and it comes back to us. We can change the environment. People must understand that we have power, and if we are to live, we have to have faith and belief through our spiritual ways and our sites. All indigenous do this with energy."

Those who seek to conquer nature, and to own the earth, cannot possibly comprehend this way of being. They have always had a perverted relatonship with the land.

I think I've signed all petitions dandelion, and I'll double-check. Care2 has been screwing up royally today!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:57 am
All signed and shared!

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:18 am
$265,361. Collected as of this note. The other article related to this still has donations coming onto it and great comments if anyone would like to view.
Help Save Pe Sla Black Hills News Story

Arild Warud (174)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:28 am
Just got this news to my inbox:
Pe Sla has been taken off the auction block. However, the property is publicly listed. The Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are moving forward on their own behalf with Lastrealindians, Inc. in continuing to raise money to ensure Pe’ Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever.
Updates will continue as more information becomes available.

Pilamaye, Lastrealindians

For Immediate Release: Update: Pe’ Sla Auction Cancelled on Direction of Owners’ Representative

The auction scheduled on August 25, 2012 for the acreage called Reynold’s Prairie, also known as Pe’ Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc:
The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. Updates forthcoming.

Pilamaye, Lastrealindians

All petitions signed,thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 24, 2012, 4:58 am
Thank you for your update Arild. Is what I like, team work. So donations are still being accepted, property is still for sale, just not on the auction block.

Nancy C (806)
Friday August 24, 2012, 7:12 am
from yesterday:

As you have noted,the Fight for Pe’ Sla Campaign Team has decided to extend our fundraising deadline in order to raise more funds towards our goal of $1 million dollars. We are in direct collaboration with the Leaders of the Great Sioux Nations (Lakota/Dakota/Nakota) and have made this decision with their agreement as well. This is especially timely given the announcement yesterday, by the Sicangu Nation, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, of their allocation of $1.3 million towards saving Pe’ Sla.

This change in our fundraising deadline is also timely given todays press release by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya. Professor Anaya “urged today the United States Government and the local and state authorities in South Dakota to address concerns expressed by the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples about an impending private land sale in the Black Hills region of the central-northern state, that will affect a site of great spiritual significance them”.

We are excited and hopeful about this new development! Your letters, phone calls, petitions, and emails have helped! Keep it up!

Please continue to help us fundraise and spread the word! A miracle is happening and you are part of it! We now have 17 days! LILILILILILI!

Pilamaye! Thank you!
Mitakuye Oyasin, We are All Related!
Chase Iron Eyes, Dana Lone Hill, Ruth Robertson-Hopkins, Sara Jumping Eagle

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 24, 2012, 8:35 am
As there was no response/feedback to my suggestion(above, Angelikanomail Roll (66) Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:21 am ) I have stepped up and sent email alerts to other Activist /Advocacy orgs /sites. So far to:
FOE (Friends of the Earth) and NAACP((Nat. Assoc. for Advancement of Colored People)
I encourage all of you to also take such action to raise wide awareness among all those groups who are asking us for support of their causes almost daily. Each C2 member should have a large selection of such addresses that fill up our email inboxes.

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 24, 2012, 8:45 am
Glad to also report that the guy who put out the other petition (Bob Venn, which sadly got just few signers, has emailed me back after I have notified him yesterday about the cancellation of auction and provided him with all necessary and helpful links. I encouraged him to become a C2 member, which he was not. He also has NAI ancestry and was thrilled to learn the news from me. It was his very first petition after he had read an article in his lokal Ky paper.

TomCat S (125)
Friday August 24, 2012, 8:54 am
A poor man cannot give much, but we do what we can

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday August 24, 2012, 9:44 am
TY Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 24, 2012, 10:23 am
TomCat, please put it on your blog, other readers read what you do that are not connected to here. Angelika, a big thank you for your notification of FOE and other places, perhaps some have done so and haven't mentioned it. I am keeping busy working through the moccassin grapevine as we call it. Lots of phone calls and other emails off C2. I have a friend in Canada that put it on her website that caters to the Elders of all backgrounds of heritage. A shame that so few take the time to add signature to petition, I sent it around on a mailing I did yesterday. Wish I could do a lot more, but again, with a 5 year I'm still in care of, as daughter is having to go back with a car at a time to bring her belongings here, a 5 hour round trip not includes loading car, to drop them in my apartment, leaves me with not enough time to do more. I even gave her a few hand made flyers to post in the area she is moving from. As I said to Arild, I thank those who do teamwork.

Robert O (12)
Friday August 24, 2012, 11:28 am
Thanks Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 24, 2012, 1:03 pm
Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and founding writer Last Real Indians that has been working in the defense of Pe’ Sla says neither the owners, nor the auction company will issue a statement or reason as to why the auction was cancelled to the tribe, himself or to the press.

“They are not giving us any reason whatsoever. My wife called the auction company and they would not offer any reason,” said Iron Eyes. “There are not talking to anyone – the Associated Press even tried to find out and called me and asked me the same thing.

“Nobody knows what to think, so we don’t know if this is good or bad. We just know it has been pulled off the auction block,” he said. “It’s good because there is no pressure of the auction – but it is bad because they are private sellers, they can sell to anyone they want to.

“Our tribal leaders are going to be meeting over the next couple of days to try and figure something out. We are just going to continue to raise money and wait for the next announcement. We are not going to stop raising money,” said Iron Eyes.

Alfred Walking Bull, communications specialist of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said, “Right now we are all holding our breath. It is more of a sigh of relief because this puts an end to the auction, which is good, but on the other hand we are still very cautious because this could also mean there is a private sale going on. We are waiting until we get more information. The owners or the auction company has not given a comment.”

Walking Bull admitted that though the announcement was a relief, things were hectic as the RoseBud Sioux Tribe was literally in the midst of a tribal council election. “Tonight we are having a council of 20 in which 10 are being elected. In addition, our president and vice president are being elected.

“This has taken us all by surprise and we are all just waiting. We are going to wait and see what happens over the next 48 hours. We’re optimistic but we are also very cautious.”


David Menard (43)
Friday August 24, 2012, 1:45 pm
Petition signed. May you regain your land. best wishes

Pat B (356)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:00 pm
Thank you, everyone (above comments) for keeping us in the loop about the Sacred Lands. I will continue to come back to keep up to date with the goings on. My computer has been acting weird lately, so I'm going to reboot and see what happens. Thanks again, Dandelion.

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:21 pm
thx for this uodate, Sheryl. While I understand they are nervous , personally, I prefer to "think pink" as POSITIVE energy is needed now. Instaed of assuming a replacement of the auction with private sale, I rather like to believe that this stop was caused by the intervention and call from Prof. Ayada. A call off for the time being until that requested consultation/ dialogue is completed. And the parties will likely speak only with a high capacity chief or some authority from the tribes. Of course the layers of both the family and Brock have advised them not to speak to anyone at this premature time-that's my guess.
And the land still being listed for sale could-wishful thinking- after all include the govt. buying it.

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:23 pm
read "lawyers" and excuse other typos..

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday August 24, 2012, 4:29 pm
Signed all petitions. Re: what Judy C. said regarding article---about we humans having the power and energy. (Mom always used to say, "Mind Over Matter"). Being uneducated about tribal ways, it just seems to me that if the Reynolds family does sell this land privately, they'd be fostering some negative energy---as would the purchaser.
I first read this info in our local Tucson TVnews channel I guess that may be because Prof. Ayada is from our local U of A.The more I read on this, the more clear it is to me that the real Americans who were here first were protectors of the land....and continue to be the strongest protectors. Their fight is our fight now, and we should stand together against Corporations and wealthy individuals who are intent on destroying it with their greed. Not to be trite, but it does remind me of the movie "Avatar." In our daily conversations with others, we should be spreading the message to give native Americans the respect they've long deserved.

James merritt jr (144)
Friday August 24, 2012, 5:16 pm
Thank you!

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 24, 2012, 5:56 pm
Words of gratitude and encouragement from Sara Jumping Eagle - latest UPDATE :

"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

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Friday August 24, 2012, 8:36 pm
Yes I've stayed up to date ... thank you Sheryl & Angie & friends for posting ... My donation has arrived in the mail as have so many others ... prayers rising for the Oceti Sakowin to have their Sacred Land Pe' Sla
returned to them for perpetuity.
Mitakuye Oyasin

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday August 24, 2012, 8:45 pm
How does it go? Oh yes. The White man speaks with a forked tongue. The government run by old white men has always lied to this native peoples and then to their own people. This is how they stay in power. They repeat the lie often enough that it comes to be believed. The Europeans stole all of the Americas from the native populations. When my sons came home from school and told us that Columbus discovered America, I said to them, " Who was on the beach waving at Columbus when he came ashore?"

Jae A (316)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:11 am
Note etc. plus forwarded the link to those on my emailing list outside of care2.
Maybe, just maybe.. for a change... the 'pen ' will turn out to be more powerful than... the muskets and cannons, of Columbus and his men upon arrival of our native Indian nation/land...,and the corporate dollars of this same nation today..

Devon Leonard (54)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 2:20 am
Wonderful wonderful Blessings... May all the heartfelt prayers encircle this sacred land and keep it safely nestled in protection from any and all outside buyers ....and may All the funds needed be available to claim this land safely home at last.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:05 am

Update 31(video) from Chase Iron Eyes himself (latest Update) brings more expressions of gratitude and encouragement to keep going, but no further news as to why the auction, originally set for today, has been cancelled. Let's all continue our efforts and keep waiting on further developments, and let us remain in good and high spirits.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:05 am
noted,and all petitions listed signed--ty

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 4:41 am
Noted and shared, thank you.

Michael Barth (43)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 8:46 am

Sue L (73)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 10:27 am
The Minnesota History Center currently has a wonderful, well-balanced and heart-wrenching exhibit about the US Dakota War of 1862. Please check it out online to learn about this sad chapter in US history and our horrendous treatment of Native Americans that continues to this day. Perhaps you'd even like to do a story about it Dandelion?

I am hoping that the Sioux can buy back their sacred land in the Black Hills that the US stole from them.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 10:55 am
Thank you Sue, I will most certainly check out the link you gave.

Michael M (60)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 11:38 am
For those that don't know yet:

The Oceti Sakowin are the people of the 7 council fires.
Oyate means the people (many groups have a word for the two-legged people by which they referred to their tribe in its once-natural world)

These Lakota, Nakota, Dakota People have many reasons for their use of 7. This number is also the number of their major rituals. It is the number of stars in the concentrated constellation of what is popularly known as the Pleiades, the 7 sisters (I see only 6, but my eyes have often been cooked and bumped) which has great meaning to them (when you look at the constellation, it rises just before dawn in the late spring/early summer. So it marks the seasons, and in the fall will appear rising after sunset. The group surely looks to me like council fires grouped together in the vastness of the universe, and there is no other like them).
You know already that 7 days is the number it takes to get from new moon to half, and half to full, and so on.

So 7 has good reason to be part of traditions in contact with the night's changing light, when one is in contact with the world, outside of the oversheltering which has been part of what is lost by too much avoidance of this world's reality.

The Oceti Sakowin's sacred land is much larger than the Paha Sapa - the Black Hills. The original treaty was between the Platte and the Missouri, between the Bighorn Mountains and that long Missouri River.
The people of these tribes lived as far as the Mississippi and the St. Croix.

They had neighbors, the Tssitssista or as they were called, the Shyela or Cheyenne, who shared the sacred center, but were generally to their west. These tribes, when protecting their land and livelihood - their very life and food, were brutally treated not only in the armed incursion and buying of it from France, but even more so, and highly unethically by the US following the battle of the Little Bighorn. You have heard of Wounded Knee massacre, and perhaps of how the Cheyenne were shipped south to Oklahoma, which those people knew was not their place, so they escaped north and were attacked by US military and suffered through a long journey without the buffalo which had been killed in part due to a military idea that they all could be subjugated if their food was eradicated. (the Buffalo are more than food, but I'm referring to the thinking of certain General Staff members)
So these people much diminished, were given shelter up in the Sioux reservation until a small place was made for them to subsist in MT.

A not on reservations: because the harmonious use of the lands to which Native people had such reverence and connection were denied, treaties made trades for subsistence food deliveries. So the US govt. bought beef to replace the healthier wild animals and plants that were part of the Plains and mountain stream world they knew so well. Members of the present controlling culture often conveniently forget that the promises their governmentalforebears made often and largely failed.

Because these people, the Oceti Sakowin, are known as the relative-makers, for profoundly impoortant reasons, they are the center which all others can use to help heal the earth.


Michael M (60)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 11:52 am
Sue L:
My uncle was buried there, where that concentration camp was used for that war. I have not been there in years, but the meeting of the Minnesota River and the Mississippi still had great beauty with bluffs into forested riverbed (I know it's filled with screaming jet sounds now). The Dakota people lived along that river in season. Once the people called Cheyenne lived further downstream.

I once knew a man who was 10 years old when it happened. He was 106 when I last saw him, at our homes near the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forest. He was still lively, and the memory he still lives, with animals still coming right up to him!

Because these places still live as if they are not gone, so does the necessity of remaking the world in a rightful, sacred way. The land waits patiently.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 2:41 pm
Haven't seen Sue L. in an thread for ages, thank you for the exhibit link, will also have a look there. And thanks again Michael for educating me/ us, can't send another star yet.

To counteract the weekend slow down on the donation site I have been extra busy today with internet search. Glad to say that I actually found several GERMAN societies/ associations etc engaged with indigenous /Native American matters. Now they all know, hopefully take action.
One of them even has an English version of their website< Action Group Native Americans & Human Rightssounds like a winner
Sorry, forgive me Sheryl for mentioning again ;) Hope your weekend is not too stressful with the ongoing moving of your daughter.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:22 pm
Sue, thx again, I went through that site. Very good exhibition. On their events link I found, not to my surprise but as expected, that in Sept. S.H.'s film "Dakota 38" will have a screening there as well.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:28 pm
All petitions signed. Thanks Sheryl!

Sue L (73)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 11:33 am
You are welcome Angelika. The exhibit is powerfully moving and I plan to go back to see it a second time soon. I am hoping to get a chance to see Dakota 38. And you are right, I don't comment on too many articles these days but have been a bit more active lately.

M B (62)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:50 pm
All signed. Thanks Sheryl.

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:51 pm
Good luck!

Mary T (178)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thanks Dandelion, Signed all petition concerning this and have donated to the already,Mitakuye Oyasin.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 27, 2012, 3:30 am

Ann Welton (230)
Monday August 27, 2012, 12:13 pm
Thanks for sharing. Signed, noted and forwarded.

Gloria L (58)
Monday August 27, 2012, 9:56 pm
Dandelion, Thank you so much for your continuing energy to our Native American brothers and sisters and the land. You are the best. And to all of you others here who have such wonderful hope, information and ideas, I salute you al. Mitakuye Oyasin.

. (0)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 10:54 am
noted, but souns dubious. I really do hope the auction was cancelled..ty Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 1:22 pm
Anpetu Waste! Wishing you good thoughts and prayers as we await word on outcomes of all the hard work you have all done on behalf of Pe’ Sla! As soon as the Oceti Sakowin, the Great Sioux Nation informs us of the outcome of their private negotiations, we will inform all of you. We keep praying, smudging, hoping for good. We appreciate everyone’s contributions in helping this campaign, this fight for what is sacred – Pe’ Sla. Pilamaye!
Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle


Robert Tomlinson (62)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:21 pm
Signed the Avaaz petition and Noted this story.
The history of the abuse this country has heaped upon the True Native Americans is horrible. I doubt if the wrongs will ever be righted.
It would be a wondrous act if the political debates could include the true concerns of All the People who live in this country. Instead, we have to contend with the far right acting like school yard bullies. I really have to wonder how terrible their childhood was in order to be so afraid of everything. As a defense mechanism they heap abuse on anyone who looks or acts differently than they. Sad, Sad, Sad!!

SuSanne P (193)
Friday August 31, 2012, 3:30 pm
I would like to thank all whom have added links and updates since I was only able to note last week. I have much reading to complete, as I intend to update the info I have passed around town. My closest two friends collected many donations dropped in a basket, but that doesn't surprise me at all. I intend to donate much more on Sept l-st. and as you said Dandelion "It is what my Heart and Soul tell me so!" I just got out of hospital I will read EVERY piece of info many of you have sent, as there is a great Heartbreak in many Hearts. I recall when this story first broke and I followed it 24/7 After organizing the News you shared I was compelled to take action. I forgot to mention we sat at the edge of the park, with a sign and all the information I had been studying prior to organizing what more to do. People whom were homeless as well as tourists and locals alike, offered monies, from a penny or nickel to a $20 something. On that Monday we sent a money order for $532.08 Now I have many links to read, as well as all your forwards Dandelion. I am much more educated due to you and am honored to do anything I can.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6:33 am
Tribes Reach Deal to Purchase Pe Sla

“If we don’t start uniting and coming together as people then people are going to continue to walk all over us,” said Robin LeBeau, tribal councilwoman for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, at the press conference. “It doesn’t matter if we’re from Cheyenne River or if we’re from Arizona or from New York or our sisters and brothers from up in Canada.”

We can ALL learn from this standing in Solidarity with each other. That when we do, much can be accomplished.

For those who had a part of this wonderful event that is reaching a postive goal, feel good in your hearts, you truly were part of a historic moment of obtaining the Sacred. May this Sacredness of our Earth Mother reach out to all corners of our Mother, for all her children to come to an understanding, that our Mother is Sacred for our survival.

This has been a good thing for us all. Mitakuye Oyasin


Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 4:57 pm
Pe' Sla Owners Accept $9 Million Offer From Tribes
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.”


Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:19 am
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

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

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:24 pm
Thank You Dandelion---the beautiful information in the above comments by most especially you and Michael M, should be preserved, cherished. I am on a journey, one is spiritual---and my Earthly one is typing in "Sioux Petitions" in the search area, then finding every open petition and noting, signing, commenting. This will take many happy moons.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:29 pm
Indeed, this was a real concerted effort by many of us on C2 and off of C2 to arrive at a positive place. Even as this is an action that is over now I'm glad you got some benefit upon reading the comments.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 15, 2015, 11:53 pm
Shared on twittersphere and facebook

Veerle D (153)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 2:02 am
Noted. Thanks.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 10:51 am
Noted - I think it is appalling that the Sioux are forced to fund raise to buy back land which was stolen from them in the first place.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 11:39 am
Well we all did too when this was taking place back in 2012. However that is the nature of the beast.

The Fundraiser is long over people.

I hope this new passing around a link of old news doesn't have people send money to this.

The land has been purchased through the hard efforts of a lot of people on and off of C2.

Animae C (509)
Saturday May 16, 2015, 6:59 pm
Thanx for re- forwarding Janice B.

Thanx for the update Dandelion

Janis K (129)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 9:36 am
Thanks for sharing.
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