Give the original land back to the Native Americans of Pine Ridge
  • Petitioned Daniel Akaka

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Indian Affairs Committee
Daniel Akaka
American Congress
Barack Obama

Give the original land back to the Native Americans of Pine Ridge

    1. EMMA PARKINSON
    2. Petition by

      EMMA PARKINSON

      Bridport, United Kingdom

The Native American community have had their land taken away from them by the American government, and their natural practices have been thwarted because of this. Their natural ways of living off the land, of using horses for transport and hemp to make strong fibrous material has been outlawed, just to keep in line with the National modes of practice as a controlling force towards their community. Consequently, there have been many suicides, the rate of poverty is high and many natives turn to alcohol as a last resort. I feel that we could set an example for the American national community by showing a simpler, more direct way to live in the midst of our modern day capitalism and consumerist ways. Many people are wanting to return to this natural way of life, and I feel it would be most honorable if Barack Obama were to regard this community as an indigenous community worthy of their freedom and natural human rights.

On the night she heard of Jumping Eagle’s suicide, Martinez said, she could feel the victim’s pain—as if the body of the dying girl had briefly broken its bounds and inhabited her own. “I know why a lot of young girls try to kill themselves on the rez,” Martinez said. “We’re all in constant danger of losing ourselves, losing our identities. It’s a daily struggle for each and every one of us to be fully Lakota. And sometimes we lose the struggle, and then the men take out their feeling of worthlessness on the women, the women take out their feelings of worthlessness on themselves, and everyone takes out their feelings of worthlessness on the children.”

“We’re in dire distress, but we don’t need anyone to come and save the Indian. When we honor our customs, and when we perform ceremonies, and when we listen to our ancestors, then we have everything we need to heal ourselves within ourselves.” 

Although reduced in their scope, government seizures of land from Indian reservations continued through the first decade of the 20th century (hatched areas above). In 1980 the Supreme Court ordered the U.S. government to pay for its appropriation of the Black Hills. With interest, the amount is now more than a billion dollars, but the Sioux won’t touch it. 

They want their land back.The original land in 1851 measures 5 times of what is available to the Sioux nowadays. On Pine Ridge and five other reservations, the Sioux own five million acres of their original treaty land. Through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribes can arrange leases of reservation land, used mainly for grazing. Some leases go to Indians, others to outsiders. Because of the way land was originally allotted, the Sioux have been left with the least productive tracts. 

Please join me to petition for the recommunion of the original land, for the sole purpose of use by the Native Sioux Indians! Allow them to live in peace and work on the land to gain profit for themselves, allow them to be a distinct unit, but still accepted, part and parcel of the wider community. 

Please see The recent National Geographic article: Life After Wounded Knee: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/pine-ridge/fuller-text

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    • jean grieten MARCHIENNE AU PONT, BELGIUM
      • almost 2 years ago

      it is their land and it belongs to them

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    • John Anderson WESTWOOD, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      As a Ramapough Lunaape I support the Lakota.

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    • robin myers HILLSDALE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      bc i am sioux indian and i believe that we have our right to have our land, land that belonged to us way before it was taken away. now its time to return it to the rightful owners.

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    • Kameron Kemmer DUBOIS, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is culture we have no rights to be taking away from. These men and women have lineages they track back to the days when we didn't even know the world was a sphere. While land development and urban growth is important to us, aren't we hypocrites for forcing them into our cultures and then whining when we feel we are being subtracted from? I cannot rest well until I at least know my voice is heard, that I believe the land should be given back! Who's going to miss a few condos?

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    • Lauryn McCoy EDWARDSVILLE, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Maintaining the culture of Native Americans

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