The Pe' Sla sacred lands, located near Mt. Rushmore in the heart of the Black Hills, are central to the Lakota Sioux creation myth to their annual cycle of ceremonies. The area belonged to the Sioux by treaty, but the treaty was broken when gold was discovered on the land. The land is currently owned by the Reynolds family, but as early as August 25, 2012, the 2000-acre parcel will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The state of South Dakota wishes to pave the road that runs through the area, and proposed plans for development include suburban-style housing and a possible golf course. The tribes of the Great Sioux nation have united to raise money to purchase back the land, but time is quickly running out.
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