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How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job

Since the first days after she was elected governor of South Dakota in 2018, Kristi Noem had been working to ensure that President Trump would come to Mount Rushmore for a fireworks-filled July 4 extravaganza. After all, the president had told her in the Oval Office that he aspired to have his image etched on the monument.

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9/19/2020

article South Dakota: Stories in stone
(South Dakota) -- A few weeks ago while we were in South Dakota, Terry commented to me that on this road trip he was doing both the fastest — and the slowest...

9/11/2020

article Tilsen pleads not guilty to robbery, other charges related to Mount Rushmore protest
(South Dakota) -- A leader of the July 3 protest near Mount Rushmore pleaded not guilty Friday to robbery and six other charges. Nick Tilsen, a 38-year-old longtime...

9/3/2020

article Encampment returns to Wall of Forgotten Natives, bringing call to action from Indigenous leaders
(Minnesota) -- Two years after a massive tent encampment in south Minneapolis brought attention to the state’s growing homeless population, people have returned to...

8/22/2020

article Tilsen case heading to trial after judge finds probable cause
(South Dakota) -- A leader of the July 3 protest near Mount Rushmore says he’s taking his case to trial after a judge found probable cause for his felony charges...

8/21/2020

article Leader of Mount Rushmore protest faces new charges, up to 17 years in prison
(South Dakota) -- A leader of the July 3 protest near Mount Rushmore is facing new charges and up to 17 years in prison ahead of his Friday preliminary hearing. Nick...

8/10/2020

article Benjamin Black Elk—Mount Rushmore's Real Missing Fifth Face
(South Dakota) -- Not for the first time, President Donald Trump has nominated himself for Mount Rushmore, tweeting Sunday night that he deserves inclusion on the...

8/9/2020

article White House Asked If Trump Could Be Added to Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- In 2019, White House aides reached out to the governor of South Dakota and asked about the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore, a...

8/8/2020

article How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job
(South Dakota) -- Since the first days after she was elected governor of South Dakota in 2018, Kristi Noem had been working to ensure that President Trump would come to...

8/5/2020

article Sioux Demand Return of Sacred Lands That Their Prophecy Says Will Bring Global Healing
(South Dakota) -- On July 3, President Trump went uninvited to give an Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The giant sculpture...

7/23/2020

article NAC: Waiting for the return of He Sápa
(South Dakota) -- The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 explicitly provides the land that encompasses the Black Hills in South Dakota to the tribes that make up the Great...

7/13/2020

article Mount Rushmore: Isn't it time to talk about its Native American history?
(South Dakota) -- On a cross country trip about two weeks ago, I found myself in South Dakota. So, I thought I'd take a visit to Mount Rushmore. I wasn’t the...

7/11/2020

article Sheriff, organizer defend actions at Mount Rushmore protest
(South Dakota) -- The Pennington County Sheriff and an organizer for the protest near Mount Rushmore on July 3 are defending their actions while accusing the other of...

7/7/2020

article NDN Collective’s Nick Tilsen, Mount Rushmore Protest Organizer, Charged with Two Felonies
(South Dakota) -- One of the organizers of last Friday’s protest prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore was charged with multiple offenses...

7/6/2020

article Black Hills treaty defender faces felony charges
(South Dakota) -- The leader of an Indigenous-led advocacy organization, who spent the holiday weekend in jail after defending his people’s unceded territory in...
article Treaty defenders block road leading to Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- More than 100 treaty defenders and other protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s...

7/5/2020

article ICYMI: Protesters in Keystone arrested after blocking road to Mount Rushmore for hours
(South Dakota) -- Protesters demonstrating against President Donald Trump's arrival in the Black Hills for the Mount Rushmore fireworks display were met with...
article Native Americans protest Trump’s Mt. Rushmore rally
(South Dakota) -- In a fiery speech, President Trump railed against “angry mobs” that were trying to “tear down statues” at a rally at Mt....

7/4/2020

article Trump 'not welcome' at Mt Rushmore: Native American leader
(Washington D.C.) -- US President Donald Trump will be an unwanted guest of the Sioux People as he begins his July Fourth celebration weekend with a massive event on...

7/3/2020

article Sioux Tribal Leader Says Trump Unwelcome To Mt. Rushmore, Another Offers To Remove Monument
(South Dakota) -- Leaders of two tribes of the Sioux Nation have spoken out ahead of a planned Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore, with one criticizing...
article Trump heads to Mount Rushmore for speech and fireworks; protesters block highway
(South Dakota) -- President Trump is heading to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on Friday for a massive Independence Day celebration, as protesters...
article For some Native Americans, Mount Rushmore is a symbol of broken treaties, white domination
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump views his Friday trip to Mount Rushmore as celebrating America's "heritage" on the July Fourth holiday weekend....
article Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux'
(South Dakota) -- Neil Young condemned the use of two of his songs during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Trump's remarks...
article Protesters block road to Mount Rushmore in advance of Trump visit, clash with police, National Guard
(South Dakota) -- Protesters clashed with National Guard troops and sheriff deputies after blockading the main road leading to the entrance of Mount Rushmore National...
article Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux protesters were arrested protesting against President Donald Trump’s Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore on Friday. The...
article GIAGO: “The Black Hills are not for sale”
(South Dakota) -- Time for a little history lesson for those wasicu (White people) who may not know this. When Donald Trump and Kristi Noem decided to join forces and...

7/2/2020

article Cheyenne River, Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes highlight COVID-19 response, call for President Trump to respect sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Highlighting an aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic on their respective reservations, three South Dakota tribes are calling on President...
article GOP congressman upset Sioux leaders want their sacred land respected
(South Dakota) -- A Republican congressman called out Native American leaders on Thursday, claiming they were "Marxists." His reason: They object to the Mount...
article Revived Mount Rushmore Fireworks Will Feature Trump But No Social Distancing
(South Dakota) -- A decade after being banned amid concerns about wildfires and groundwater pollution, and despite protests by Native Americans and recommendations from...
article Rockets’ red glare and protests: Trump’s Mount Rushmore fireworks anger tribes
(South Dakota) -- Tribal leaders in South Dakota plan to protest President Donald Trump's appearance Friday at an elaborate Mount Rushmore fireworks display, arguing...

7/1/2020

article How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- This year, for the first time in more than a decade, there will be a major fireworks display to commemorate Independence Day at the Mount Rushmore...
article Indigenous leaders, wildfire experts agree: Trump's Mt. Rushmore plans are dangerous
(South Dakota) -- Coronavirus or not, President Trump’s upcoming trip to Mt. Rushmore is incredibly risky, critics warn. A planned fireworks display defies a...

6/30/2020

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier on Mount Rushmore: “We Are Left Looking at Our molesters”
(South Dakota) -- The upcoming presidential visit by President Donald Trump to Mount Rushmore has created quite a stir in Indian Country. American Indian protesters will...
article Cheyenne Sioux River Tribe chairman joins fellow tribe in call to remove Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- Another South Dakota tribal leader is calling for the removal of Mount Rushmore as President Donald Trump's visit to the monument draws near....
article Tribal leaders renew push to remove Mt. Rushmore from sacred land as Trump event nears
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribal leader is calling for Mount Rushmore to be removed, saying it is a reminder “of a country that cannot keep a promise,” news...

6/29/2020

article OP/ED: The Other Side of the Mountain Story: A Native Perspective on Mt. Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- My mother taught her children the power of reading and learning. When I was in elementary school, she took me and my siblings to the local library on...

6/28/2020

article Native American activists to protest Trump's Mount Rushmore visit
(South Dakota) -- Multiple groups led by Native American activists plan to protest President Trump’s July 3 Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore National...

6/27/2020

article Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) -- President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the...

6/26/2020

press release Mount Rushmore should be 'removed,' tribal president says ahead of Trump visit: What's behind the site's controversial history
(South Dakota) -- As President Donald Trump prepares to visit Mount Rushmore next week, a South Dakota tribal president is preparing a memo of disapproval. Oglala Sioux...

6/25/2020

article Native American activists planning protests for Trump's Mount Rushmore visit
(South Dakota) -- Native American activists are planning protests during President Trump’s planned July 3 visit to Mount Rushmore, already a longtime source of...
article Oglala Sioux President: Mount Rushmore should be 'removed'
(South Dakota) -- As President Trump prepares to visit Mount Rushmore next week, a South Dakota tribal president is preparing a memo of disapproval. Oglala Sioux...
article Trump visit to Mount Rushmore draws ire from Native groups
(South Dakota) -- US President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native...

5/6/2020

article “Get the Hell Off”: The Indigenous Fight to Stop a Uranium Mine in the Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Regina Brave remembers the moment the first viral picture of her was taken. It was 1973, and 32-year-old Brave had taken up arms in a standoff between...

5/1/2020

article Trump to travel to Mt. Rushmore for July 3 fireworks
(South Dakota) -- President Trump said Friday that he plans to travel to South Dakota to view a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore on July 3 after his administration...

8/31/2019

article Black Hills Expedition of 1874
(Mississippi) -- In the 19th century, over 250,000 Native Americans lived in the Great Plains -- between the Mississippi and Rocky Mountains. After the Civil War,...

8/29/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe ‘fighting back’ to protect Black Hills from uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- With the Oglala Sioux Tribe set to argue Aug. 28-30 for its kind of protection of cultural resources from unprecedented uranium mining in the southern...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe ‘fighting back’ to protect Black Hills from uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- With the Oglala Sioux Tribe set to argue Aug. 28-30 for its kind of protection of cultural resources from unprecedented uranium mining in the southern...

8/21/2019

article De Blasio open to talks on transfer of Black Hills to Sioux tribe
(Iowa) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio says he would bring tribal and federal leaders together to “determine a path forward” on returning the Black...

8/8/2019

article Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on
(South Dakota) -- Last week noted Washington attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., passed away at the age of 92 from heart and kidney complications. From 1956 until 1980,...

7/15/2019

article OP/ED: Tribes must unite for Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- There is nearly 2 billion dollars in the Black Hills Settlement Fund. That’s right Two Billion Dollars. The Settlement was made in 1981 and the...

11/25/2018

article More exploratory gold drilling planned in Black Hills forest
(South Dakota) -- Four new plans of operation for exploratory gold drilling have been submitted to the Black Hills National Forest, according to a forest official....

3/9/2018

article Black Hills gold mine plan ignites protests
(South Dakota) -- One paved road leads in and out of Rochford, a remote Pennington County town that suddenly has become the center of a heated and growing debate over a...

3/4/2018

article Company drills first hole in search of gold
(South Dakota) -- A Canadian company that is exploring for gold near Rochford has drilled and capped its first hole, despite some protests and a court challenge.

3/24/2017

article Tribes win federal trust status for Pe Sla property in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- A five-year effort to put a tract of tribal land in the Black Hills into federal trust is over. And now that the fight to keep the tract permanently in...

12/19/2016

article Defenders of Black Hills disband after 14 years
(South Dakota) -- Following 14 years of stalwart efforts to preserve Native American sacred sites from desecration and to protect natural resources from fracking,...

12/11/2016

article After 14 years, Defenders of the Black Hills disbanding
(South Dakota) -- Following 14 years of stalwart efforts to preserve Native American sacred sites from desecration and to protect natural resources from fracking,...

9/14/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams land transfer bill
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has issued a statement opposing the federal transfer of land located in the Black Hills to the state of South Dakota.

9/5/2016

article COOK: If They’re Not For Sale, What Are the Black Hills For?
(South Dakota) -- The Supreme Court in 1980 found the United States guilty for basically land misappropriation (stealing), ordered a money payment to the Sioux. The...

8/21/2016

article YELLOWBIRD STEELE: My Voice: Black Elk Peak is right name
(South Dakota) -- On Aug. 11, the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and the United States took a long stride forward towards justice in...

8/19/2016

article Charles Trimble: Celebrating a new name for sacred Black Hills site
(Nebraska) -- On August 11, 2016, I received an email from my good friend, Myron Pourier, great, great grandson of the Lakota holy man Black Elk:

8/11/2016

article When It Comes to the Black Hills, Sacred Pipe Must Be Honored, Elder Says
(Wyoming) -- On March 14, John Steele, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama inviting him to “explore innovative...

7/7/2016

article ECOFFEY: The Black Hills Are Not For Sale
(South Dakota) -- In this week’s paper we have a short story about an attempt by the Oglala Sioux Tribe to hold President Barrack Obama accountable for a statement...
article Local benefit concert supports effort to return the Black Hills to Native Americans
(Colorado) -- In 1868, the U.S. government, representing all of us, signed the Treaty of Fort Laramie with native peoples including the Oglala, Brule and Miniconjou...

6/8/2016

article In the Black Hills, face-to-face — sorta — with Sioux leader Crazy Horse
(South Dakota) -- It had been nearly 40 years since I’d visited the Black Hills of South Dakota, a 5,000-square-mile mountain range rising in the middle of the...

5/25/2016

article Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Native Sun News is doing a survey on its web site asking tribal members of the Great Sioux Nation to vote on whether they still are determined that the...

5/3/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands
(South Dakota) -- When is “reservation land” reservation land? That’s the question the state of South Dakota is asking as it appeals the Bureau of...
article Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site
(South Dakota) -- Although South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's most recent comments to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council regarding Pe' Sla have grabbed the...

5/2/2016

article Pe’ Sla Brings SD Governor to Rosebud, Sparks Outrage
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard traveled to the Rosebud Reservation last week to address the Sicangu Nation’s tribal council on the state...

4/21/2016

article South Dakota Appeals Pe` Sla Trust Status
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Governor’s office has announced it will appeal the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to place Black Hills land owned by 4 Native...

4/20/2016

article State will appeal moving scared Pe Sla lands into a federal trust
(South Dakota) -- In a blow to the efforts of several Native American tribes trying reclaim sacred land in the Black Hills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said on Tuesday the...

4/18/2016

article State puts brakes on Pe' Sla trust status move
(South Dakota) -- A four-year effort to put tribal property in the Black Hills into federal trust is on hold today after Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state will appeal...

2/14/2016

article Resolution to return much of Black Hills to Native Americans fails
(South Dakota) -- State lawmakers from both major political parties united Wednesday in rejecting a resolution that urged the return of some lands in the Black Hills to...

2/13/2016

article Sioux tribes' bid for return of Black Hills fails
(South Dakota) -- A state legislative committee in South Dakota unanimously has rejected a bid by the Sioux tribes to take control of vast regions of the Black Hills...

2/10/2016

article Legislators reject tribes' resolution seeking return of some treaty lands
(South Dakota) -- State lawmakers from both major political parties united Wednesday and rejected a resolution urging return of some lands in the Black Hills to Indian...

2/7/2016

article Black Hills Pioneer Celebrates 140th Anniversary
(South Dakota) -- On a warm Spring day in June 1876, amid the stampede of miners who’d come to the newly established town of Deadwood to dig for gold, find their...

8/19/2015

article Site sacred to Sioux takes step toward federal trust
(South Dakota) -- The Pennington County Commission will support placing a South Dakota site sacred to the Great Sioux Nation into a federal trust. In 2012, Sioux tribes...

8/18/2015

article Penn. Co. Commissioners vote to 'not oppose' Pe' Sla becoming 'in trust' status
(South Dakota) -- The Pennington County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning, after many continuations in prior meetings, that they will not be opposing the land known as...

8/10/2015

article Lakota Country Times: Lakota 57 honored with run to Bear Butte
(South Dakota) -- For the past two years a group of Lakota runners have run through the heart of downtown Sturgis during the height of the worlds largest motorcycle...

6/22/2015

article Law enforcement, emergency service agreements still in question for Pe' Sla trust deal
(South Dakota) -- Uncertain plans for how to provide law enforcement and emergency services to the Sioux-owned Pe' Sla sacred site must still be ironed out before...

6/18/2015

article Star Comes Out: A dream from the Black Hills stays alive
(South Dakota) -- I had a thought-provoking yet unsettling dream about 25 years ago. I took it as a warning of things to come with the realization that there are more...

6/14/2015

article Native Americans Concerned With 'Rainbow Warriors' Gathering in The Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- A group called the Rainbow Family of Light, are pondering having their annual Rainbow Gathering in South Dakota’s Black Hills from July 1 -7.

12/3/2014

article Sioux Tribes buy final piece of sacred Pe' Sla site in western South Dakota's Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Sioux tribes have purchased the final 437 acres of a site in western South Dakota's Black Hills that they consider sacred. The Great Sioux Nation...

10/13/2014

article South Dakota tribes seek $2M to acquire sacred Black Hills site
(South Dakota) -- Tribes in South Dakota are moving quickly to raise $2 million to acquire more land at a sacred site in the Black Hills. In 2012, the Oceti Sakowin, or...

9/25/2014

article Peter Yarrow explains the significance of returning First Nation people's lands
(South Dakota) -- The Unity Concert of the Black Hills Initiative brought thousands earlier this month to gather around one cause. The event would unify many First...

9/23/2014

article KENT: Event seeks return of Hills
(South Dakota) -- Two days after the earliest snowstorm on record hit the Black Hills, the sun was shining, the temperatures were seasonable and a field on the outskirts...

9/14/2014

article Unity Concert brings together Native American tribes from across South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes from across the state gathered together this weekend for a unity concert in Piedmont, in hopes of restoring the Black Hills to...

7/13/2014

article White House in the Black Hills: Coolidge brought national spotlight with him in 1927
(South Dakota) -- In the summer of 1927, President Calvin Coolidge was looking for relief from the bugs, heat and bad air of Washington, D.C., and escape from repair...

5/25/2014

article EDITORIAL: Ruth Ziolkowski's remarkable life
(South Dakota) -- Crazy Horse Memorial is second only to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for visitors on their must-see list when traveling to the Black Hills.

3/24/2014

article WILSON: Oglala Sioux Tribe should resolve Black Hills claim
(South Dakota) -- There is a lot of online misinformation about the Black Hills Claim by Joye Braun, Ann-Erica White Bird, James Swan, and others who show an almost...

12/14/2013

article FORUM: Inaction on Black Hills claim is sovereignty in action
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun called it a “ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealing” virtually unmatched in American history.

11/28/2013

article Powertech CEO says mine proposal in Black Hills should pay off
(South Dakota) -- The CEO of a company planning a uranium mine in the Black Hills says the project is "fairly benign" and should pay off in the long run.

11/25/2013

article ECCOFEY: The Oglala will not sell out the Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala will not sell out the Black Hills. The people of the Oglala nation will not stand for it. After a poorly written and irresponsible proposed...

11/14/2013

article Native Sun News: Oglala president slams Black Hills proposal
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer does not support a proposed resolution being brought to the council floor by the tribe’s Economic and...

11/13/2013

article Sioux Tribe To Discuss Black Hills Negotiations
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council next week plans to discuss whether to reopen negotiations with the federal government over compensation for the taking...

8/5/2013

article Ecoffey: Oglala Nation must move on Black Hills claim
(South Dakota) -- Over the course of the last four years, the Oglala Sioux Tribe along with other members of the Oceti Sakowin have focused the majority of their energy...

7/4/2013

article BOOK REVIEW: New Book by Tom Stohlgren Returns Black Hills to Native Americans
(USA) -- "That would be fine by me," Stohlgren said. "Five hundred years of social injustice is long enough in my book. Native Americans deserve their...

2/22/2013

article Former poker champ Ferguson settles with federal prosecutors
(Washington D.C.) -- Former World Series of Poker champion Chris Ferguson, whose career has been derailed for almost three years following the U.S. government's...

1/22/2013

article Public support saves sacred land
(South Dakota) -- For the past several months, members of The Great Sioux Nation throughout the region have been attempting to raise a large sum of money to purchase...

12/14/2012

article Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux Tribe gets more in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Just a few days after finalizing the sale of Pe’ Sla, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe purchased 44 acres of Pennington County land west of Deerfield Road...

12/13/2012

article EDITORIAL: Buy the Black Hills back
(South Dakota) -- Pennington County isn't the only entity that came out ahead when it auctioned a 40-acre tract of land in the Black Hills a second time after the...

12/1/2012

article North Dakota Man Helps Sioux Nation Buy Sacred Land in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- A piece of sacred land in the Black Hills is back in the hands of the Sioux Nation. This is video from the area. Known as Pe'sla to the Sioux, it...
article Tribes see culture preserved in deal for Black Hills land
(South Dakota) -- A monthslong fundraising effort that drew the attention of celebrities nationwide has paid off for a group of Native American tribes. They have raised...

11/30/2012

article Tribes raise $9 million to buy land in the Black Hills considered sacred
(South Dakota) -- A group of Native American tribes has succeeded in raising $9 million to buy a piece of land in the Black Hills that they consider sacred and it was...
article Tribes raise money to buy Pe'Sla
(South Dakota) -- After months of high-profile fundraising that drew celebrities' attention and dollars, a group of Native American tribes has raised $9 million to...
article Tribes Reach $9 Million Goal and Purchase Sacred Site of Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- In a historic culmination of events leading up to the Pe’ Sla purchase deadline of November 30, the Great Sioux Nation, or Oceti Sakowin has...

11/22/2012

article Rosebud Sioux Tribe Kindergarten Class Donates $50 Toward Purchase of Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- On November 16 Rosebud Sioux Tribal Chairman Cyril “Whitey” Scott received what he calls the best contribution the tribal council and the...

11/21/2012

article Students donate to tribe to buy sacred land
(South Dakota) -- A kindergarten class on the Rosebud Indian Reservation is donating their loose change to an effort to secure land in the Black Hills that tribal...

11/16/2012

article Tribes Preparing To Close On Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- In September, area tribes struck a deal to purchase a sacred tract of Black Hills land known as Pe' Sla. What followed was a fundraising campaign...

11/15/2012

article Actor helps tribes trying to buy sacred SD land
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes have received some celebrity support in their effort to raise $9 million by the end of the month to buy land in South Dakota...

10/25/2012

article Three More Efforts in the Quest to Save Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- This summer a 1,900-acre section of land in the Black Hills of South Dakota called Reynolds Prairie to some was slated to go up for public auction, but...

10/15/2012

article Bleak future weighs heavy on Sioux lands
(South Dakota) -- In a commandeered hut on the northern edge of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the elders of the Oglala Sioux tribe plot rebellion. A cold prefab...

10/12/2012

article Native Sun News: Sioux tribes come together to discuss Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- On Friday, Oct. 5, representatives from South Dakota’s Sioux nations met in Rapid City to discuss just how they are going to come up with the $9...

10/8/2012

article Sioux desperately trying to raise $9million to buy back South Dakota land 150 years after it was taken from them
(South Dakota) -- They have fought on battlefields and in courtrooms for the return of the land that once belonged to them.

10/6/2012

article Great Sioux Nation Comes Together in Historic Gesture of Unity in the Name of Sacred Pe’Sla
(South Dakota) -- In the first time since the Battle of Little Big Horn, the Great Sioux Nation has stated publicly that they have come together in a committed gesture...

10/5/2012

article The Fate of Pe’ Sla Purchase – Sioux Nation Working to Raise $9 Million, Tribal leaders Meeting in Rapid City Today
(South Dakota) -- Back in September, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) announced that they had secured funding, specifically a $900,000 earnest deposit financed from the...

10/4/2012

article Sioux Racing to Find Millions to Buy Sacred Land in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- The Black Hills, the rolling range of mountains that rise out of the badlands of western South Dakota, are considered sacred to the Sioux, who for 150...

9/17/2012

article OP/ED; Return of sacred site proper
(South Dakota) -- So much is still unknown — and so many questions remain unanswered — about the potential sale of nearly 2,000 acres of Black Hills prairie...

9/16/2012

article Tribe wants land held in trust / Rosebud Sioux expect state to resist status in Hills
(South Dakota) -- Tribal officials involved with purchasing more than 1,940 acres of land in the heart of the Black Hills say part of preserving the site considered...

9/15/2012

article Forum: Support return of Pe'Sla to Lakota
(South Dakota) -- The first two principles of Unitarian Universalists are to promote and affirm: 1) The inherent worth and dignity of every person, and 2) Justice,...

9/13/2012

article Editorial: Return of sacred site a good thing
(South Dakota) -- So much is still unknown -- and so many questions remain unanswered -- about the potential sale of nearly 2,000 acres of Black Hills prairie to the...

9/12/2012

article Pe’ Sla Owners Accept $9M Offer from Tribes
(South Dakota) -- In a historic victory for American Indian tribes, the owners of the sacred site Pe’ Sla have agreed to an offer of $9 million to purchase an...

9/10/2012

article Tribe signs deal for Black Hills land
(South Dakota) -- More than 1,940 acres of land in the Black Hills considered sacred to the Great Sioux Nation appear to be heading back to the ownership of the tribes...
article Tribe's bid accepted for South Dakota land
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribe said Monday it has reached a deal to buy land it considers sacred in South Dakota's picturesque Black Hills, ending weeks...

9/8/2012

article BLOG: Pe 'Sla, Property Tax and Reconciliation
(South Dakota) -- The day after I wrote about Lakota efforts to raise enough money to outbid developers for the 2000-acre Pe 'Sla/Reynolds Prairie, the white owners...
press release Rally in Rapid City Trumpets Sioux Tribes’ Progress in Purchasing Sacred Land, Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- On Wednesday, Sept. 5, at a rally in Rapid City, SD, members of the Native American Pe’ Sla Land Sale movement gathered to celebrate progress in...

9/6/2012

article Hundreds rally for SD land tribes consider sacred
(South Dakota) -- Hundreds of people rallied in support of an effort to buy land in the Black Hills that several Native American tribes consider sacred.
article Pe’ Sla Purchase: Not Out of the Woods Yet
(South Dakota) -- Though the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) has recently announced progress in their efforts to purchase the sacred site of Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills...
article Unity rally draws support for Pe Sla purchase
(South Dakota) -- A Native American sacred site that has international supporters donating money to buy it drew nearly 250 people to voice their support at a rally...

9/5/2012

article RC Rally Celebrates Acquisition Of Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- Earlier this week an agreement was reached between area tribes and a family selling a tract of sacred land in the Black Hills known as Pe' Sla.

9/4/2012

article Activists to celebrate deal to preserve sacred site in Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Lakota activists will be celebrating in Rapid City, South Dakota, today as a deal to protect a sacred site in the Black Hills moves forward.
article BLOG: Sioux are victorious in effort to restore Black Hills land to the tribes. Fund-raising continues
(South Dakota) -- The financial details remain to be worked out, but negotiations between representatives of the Sioux people and the owners of Pe' Sla, a sliver of...
article Native Sun News: Auction of sacred Black Hills site put on hold
(South Dakota) -- An Aug. 25 public sale of land at the Pe’ Sla Native American prayer site in the Black Hills of South Dakota was canceled after the top Oglala...
article Tribe pays on Black Hills land / But money doesn't necessarily mean sale, Rosebud Sioux say
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is making an earnest payment on land it considers sacred in the Black Hills, though tribal officials say that doesn’t...
article Tribe secures money in effort to buy 2,000 Black Hills acres
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribe trying to buy land it considers sacred in South Dakota's picturesque Black Hills is in negotiations with the landowners and...
article Tribe secures money in effort to buy South Dakota land
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says it has secured funding for the earnest deposit to buy land in South Dakota's Black Hills that tribes...

9/3/2012

press release Sioux Leaders of Pe’ Sla Land Movement in S.D. Announce Deal Between Tribes and Land Owner
(South Dakota) -- Last Saturday, at a press conference in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, Lakota leaders of the movement to secure the Lakota pilgrimage site Pe’ Sla...
article Tribal Authorities Reach Agreement Over Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- Tribal authorities have reportedly reached an agreement to purchase a sacred piece of land known as Pe' Sla in the Black Hills.

9/2/2012

article Mixed Feelings About Negotiations Over Pe' Sla
(South Dakota) -- Tribal officials from around the region are in negotiations with the people selling Pe' Sla. Their hope is to regain ownership of the sacred land....

8/31/2012

article Rosebud Sioux Tribe Announces Progress on Potential Black Hills Sacred Site Purchase
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) has announced progress in their efforts to purchase and preserve the sacred site of Pe’ Sla located in the Black...

8/30/2012

article Sacred Black Hills goes beyond Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- The proposed auction of a private land near Hill City that American Indian tribes consider sacred has brought up the discussion of which sites in the...

8/29/2012

press release Lakota "Pe’ Sla" Movement in S.D. to Hold Two Major Actions
(South Dakota) -- Chase Iron Eyes, Robin Lebeau, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Phyllis Young, and other Soiux leaders are championing the cause of reclaiming stolen lands and...

8/27/2012

article American Indian Tribes Make Offer on Black Hills Sacred Site
(South Dakota) -- The sacred site of Pe’ Sla, which is on part of the land that was recently pulled off the auction block for unknown reasons could be sold to...

8/26/2012

article Pe' Sla Auction is Cancelled-Sioux Tribes Still Seek Resolution
(South Dakota) -- The auction to sell close to 2,000 acres of a sacred site in the Black Hills called Pe' Sla has been cancelled. The auction was planned for...
article United Native Americans protest at the Hearst building
(California) -- Native American leaders held a protest outside the Hearst Building on 3rd Street & Market Street at 11:00 AM, in an effort to bring attention to what...

8/25/2012

article ‘A Slice of Heaven’: Lakota Look to Buy Back Stolen Sacred Lands
(South Dakota) -- All across South Dakota meetings are being held this week and next on the various Lakota Indian reservations to try and raise enough money to make a...

8/24/2012

article Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled
(South Dakota) -- According to a release on the LastRealIndians.com website, the August 25 auction “for the acreage called Reynolds Prairie, also known as Pe...
article BLOG: Why a Hidatsa Cares About Pe’Sla
(South Dakota) -- One of the earliest memories I can recall of my childhood is of my mother taking me and my siblings to ceremony back home on the Fort Berthold Indian...
article Pe' Sla land auction canceled
(South Dakota) -- The auction of nearly 2,000 acres of Black Hills land considered sacred by Native American tribes has been canceled at the owners' request.
article Sale of the Sacred: How Pe’ Sla May Test Uncharted Waters of UNDRIP
(Massachusetts) -- The highly publicized auction of 1,940 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota known to the Oceti Sakowin as Pe’ Sla, The Heart of Everything...

8/23/2012

article OP/ED: Fight for Lakota's Sacred Pe' Sla Brings Miracles
(USA) -- An amazing idea took hold in the last few weeks. People from around the world decided that they could do something to right a terrible wrong that has existed...
article Auction cancelled for SD land considered sacred
(South Dakota) -- The planned auction of nearly 2,000 acres of land in South Dakota's picturesque Black Hills that is considered sacred by American Indian tribes has...
article IRON EYES: A Request to Help Save Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- Right now, The Oceti Sakowin (comprising the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota People, and also referred to as the Great Sioux Nation) is battling against the...
article James Anaya Urges Consultations on Black Hills Sacred Site
(United Nations) -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, is urging the United States government and state and local...
article KENT: Buying back the Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- I try to avoid covering similar topics within close proximity of each other. But limited space and shifting issues sometimes make what appears to be...
article Rally held for Pe'Sla
(South Dakota) -- A rally in support of preventing the sale of Pe' Sla, a religious site to area tribes, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Best Western...

8/22/2012

article BALK KING: Sale of the Sacred: How Pe’ Sla may test the uncharted waters of the UNDRIP
(South Dakota) -- On Saturday, August 25, folks will gather in the Black Hills from near and far for what is locally one of the best social gatherings around – the...
article COMMENTARY: Pe' Sla: Protect Our Good Red Road
(South Dakota) -- "As long as the water flows and the sweet grass grows" are words Red Nations people take seriously, like in Treaty Making. We have learned...
article Rave: Final hours leading up to Black Hills land sale of sacred site
(Montana) -- We often hear mainstream stories where poverty and the Great Sioux Nation, the Oceti Sakowin, are used interchangeably. Yet, the story most often overlooked...
article UN human rights expert calls on US to consult with indigenous people over land sale
(Washington D.C.) -- A United Nations independent expert today called on the United States Government and authorities in the state of South Dakota to start consultations...

8/21/2012

article Sioux tribes race to raise money to buy ceremonial land at auction
(South Dakota) -- In the pristine Black Hills of South Dakota, the Great Sioux Nation is in a race against the clock to raise money to buy nearly 2,000 acres of...
article Truthout Interview: Sioux Spiritual Leader Speaks Out on Land Sale at Sacred Site
(South Dakota) -- The sacred lands of the Lakota are up for sale - again. A grassroots effort led by the Oceti Sakowin, or Great Sioux Nation, is underway to get them...

8/20/2012

article Sioux Tribes Upset Over Sale of Sacred Site in SD
(South Dakota) -- A prime piece of real estate in South Dakota's Black Hills is up for auction, worrying Native American tribes that consider the property sacred...
article US tribes angered by sale of sacred site
(South Dakota) -- Nearly 800 hectares of "prime real estate" nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota is for sale to the highest bidder, but the offer to...

8/19/2012

article Chase Iron Eyes Asks For Help to Save Sacred Site
(South Dakota) -- Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and founding writer at LastRealIndians.com, is seen in this video asking people to unite to help save Pe’ Sla, an...

8/18/2012

article Sioux Tribes Upset Over Sale of Sacred Site in SD
(South Dakota) -- It's advertised as a one-of-a-kind deal: Nearly 2,000 acres of prime real estate nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota for sale to the highest...
article Sioux tribes worry over sale of sacred land
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes are concerned they will lose access to land they consider sacred if a deal to sell nearly 2,000 acres of prime real estate in...
article Support Is Needed to Save Black Hills Sacred Site
(South Dakota) -- Each spring since time immemorial, Lakota people have visited their sacred places in South Dakota’s Black Hills—Pahá Sápa in Lakota—...
article Tribes concerned about sale of property near Deerfield Lake
(South Dakota) -- A piece of the Black Hills considered among the holiest ground for the Great Sioux Nation is being sold in a week, and a number of tribes are...

8/17/2012

article Sioux tribes take to the Internet to buy back sacred land
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Sioux Nation are attempting to raise $1 million dollars to buy back a section of South Dakota land known in their culture as “the...

8/16/2012

article August 25 Deadline Looms to Save Pe Sla Sacred Site in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council is attempting to bid in the Pe Sla sacred site auction in the Black Hills. The site, also known as the Reynolds...
article Black Hills Auction: Saving Pe’ Sla
(South Dakota) -- On August 25, 1,942.66 acres divided into five tracts of land located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is slated to go up for auction. In 2012, such...
article Rosebud Sioux Tribe leads fight to save Pe Sla
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is taking the helm in a fight to preserve Pe Sla, one of the most significant Lakota sites in the Black Hills.
article The Sioux campaign to buy back the Black Hills that belong to them
(South Dakota) -- When I was a little girl, a long time ago, we would go camping in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We had to pay, just as tourists do, to camp there...

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