Tribes raise $9M for sacred SD land
Nov. 30, 2012
By KRISTI EATON
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—After months of high-profile fundraising that drew celebrities’ attention and dollars, a group of Native American tribes has raised $9 million to buy a piece of land in South Dakota’s Black Hills that they consider sacred, an official with an Indian land foundation said Friday.
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation president Cris Stainbrook told The Associated Press that the tribes raised enough money to purchase the land from its current owners. The foundation was one of several groups and organizations leading the effort to buy the land.
Stainbrook said the deal should be finalized yet Friday, which was the deadline for the tribes to raise the money.
The land, known as Pe’ Sla, went up for sale after being privately owned. Members of the Great Sioux Nation have been allowed to gather there every year to perform rituals. The site plays a key role in the tribes’ creation story, and members fear new owners would develop it.
“This marks the culmination of four months of a worldwide outpouring of support for the protection of Pe’ Sla. The Great Sioux Nation came together to show the world it is paramount for human beings to respect our living mother earth and sacred sites,” Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Chase Iron Eyes said in a statement. Iron Eyes’ company, Last Real Indians, helped raised more than $900,000 for the purchase through online donations.
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