Any accounting of U.S. history acknowledges the consistent abuse of Native Americans at the hands of European colonials and, eventually, the United States government. There are laments over the fate of the natives, criticism of the encroaching cultures, and stupefaction at the deceit committed by so many parties. And yet there is no effort to rectify these wrongs. This is the longest-standing social justice issue in this country and there is no reason for our collective inaction.
In 1979, a federal court recognized broken treaties and illegally seized lands in the Black Hills as one of the most dishonorable acts in United States history. After nearly 400 years of Anglo-American abuse of Native Americans, it is time to stop just recognizing past wrongs and time to start rectifying them. The Pe' Sla parcel of land in South Dakota is up for sale and there is an effort by the Sioux to raise the $9 million dollars to buy it. They may not reach the goal and end up losing more. WE NEED TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING BACK!