I am not into politics at all but feel this is of great importance.
Read about it on another site; so I do hope the posting of this here is okay.
Rick Two-Dogs, a Lakota medicine man, summed up the attitude of his people toward the Black Hills:
"All of our origin stories go back to this place. We have a spiritual connection to the Black Hills that can't be sold. I don't think I could face the Creator with an open heart if I ever took money for it."
This is about: Pe' Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City) that is considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of our creation story. It is a sacred place. We perform certain ceremonies at Pe' Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony. This area is currently owned by the Reynolds family. They plan to auction off almost 2,000 acres on August 25, 2012 to the highest bidder. It is likely that the state of South Dakota will put a road directly through Pe' Sla and open up this sacred place for development. The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe'Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development.
References and Credits Lapointe, J 1976. Legends of the Lakota Indian Historian Press, San Francisco, CA.
"http://www.sdsmt.edu", satelite image Sinte Gleska University, Lakota Star Knowledge, Rosebud Sioux Reservation, N.D. "A Broken Treaty Haunts the Black Hills." Sioux Falls, SD, ArgusLeader. 2003.
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