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Sunday, April 06, 2008

the government is at it again

Once again the USA government is trying to bury native culture. This time it's in the Black hills, sacred Lakota places. Read this:

The Pe Sla is one of the five primary sacred sites in the Black Hills to the Lakota nation because of its position on their annual pilgrimage/journey of prayers and ceremonies. It is also the only one held mostly in private hands as others are within state or federal property. This prairie has only known cattle grazing by a handful of ranchers since the Homestead Act. Now subdivisions are encroaching upon this one pristine open space left in the Black Hills.

This is not a little thing, this has to do with native rights for the future.
If you don't think this matters, read this:

When the Forest Service was asked about a cabin being renovated as a memorial to the ranching history on the Pe Sla, the questioners reminded them that there was a much longer history of this site among the Lakota. The Forest Service representative told us that the Lakota elders with whom they consult told them no one wanted that information known. A few months later when an official from the county government was standing on Rochford Road that runs through the middle of the Pe Sla or Reynolds Prairie, he exclaimed with great satisfaction that "soon this road will be a black ribbon (paved with asphalt) and this prairie will be a sea of houses"

No one seems to have heard about this situation. We all need to get behind the Lakota nation on this.


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