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Sioux Struggle to Buy Back Black Hills

Need to come up with $9 million by November 30

Sioux tribes are struggling to raise $9 million to fund the purchase of a parcel of land in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. The plot, 1,942 acres of plains in the heart of the Hills, came up for sale this summer, and the Reynolds family, who has owned the land since 1876, accepted the Sioux's $9 million bid. Despite the offer, many Sioux are still unsure about the deal. The land originally belonged to the Sioux, as stated in the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, until it was seized by the U.S. government later that century. “It’s like someone stealing my car,” said Tom Poor Bear, vice president of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, “and I have to pay to get it back.” The purchase is being lead by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose annual budget is around $8.1 milion. Various tribe leaders will meet Friday to discuss a plan, but the Rosebud say they’ve yet to receive any financial commitments from other tribes. They have until November 30 to come up with the money. 

Via New York Times

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