Sell Wounded Knee site back to Oglala Sioux Tribe for fair market value
  • Petitioned James Czywczynski

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James Czywczynski

Sell Wounded Knee site back to Oglala Sioux Tribe for fair market value

    1. Alden Jackson
    2. Petition by

      Alden Jackson

      Gardena, CA

One of the country’s poorest Native American tribes wants to buy a historically significant piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were killed, but tribal leaders say the nearly $4 million price tag for a property appraised at less than $7,000 is just too much.

James Czywczynski is trying to sell a 40-acre fraction of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The land sits adjacent to a gravesite where about 150 of the 300 Lakota men, women and children killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890 are buried.

Czywczynski, whose family has owned the property since 1968, recently gave the tribe an ultimatum: purchase the land for $3.9 million or he will open up bidding to non-Native Americans. He said he has been trying to sell the land to the tribe for years.

The ultimatum comes right before the tribe is poised to receive about $20 million from the Cobell lawsuit— a $3.4 billion settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit filed over American Indian land royalties mismanaged by the government for more than a century.

To:
James Czywczynski
Sell Wounded Knee site back to Oglala Sioux Tribe for fair market value.

Sincerely,
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    • katerina giannitsi Αθήνα, GREECE
      • 9 months ago

      good

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    • Linda Feldman SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
      • 9 months ago

      Mr. Czywczynski's family may have "bought" this land in 1968, but it wasn't really their's to buy -- it was stolen land from the beginning. GIVE it back to the rightful people.

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    • Pavel Patzelt PíSEK, CZECH REPUBLIC
      • 9 months ago

      It's time to do the right thing

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      • 9 months ago

      This is a Land of blood and pain, give back to Oglala Sioux Tribe for justice and respect!

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    • Tim van der Veen OOSTERWIJK, NETHERLANDS
      • 10 months ago

      Time to restore bad decisions of the Americans!

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