Petition Closed

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.

http://www.indiegogo.com/PeSla-LakotaHeartland?c=home&a=1088013

Letter to
owners Margaret & Leonard Reynolds
SD Attorney General Marty Jackley
Deputy Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Michael R. Smith,
and 6 others
Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Michael S. Black
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Donald “Del” Laverdure
US. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Senator John Thune
Senator Tim Johnson
South Dakota Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Margaret and Leonard Reynolds, the Governor and Attorney General of South Dakota, the Senators of South Dakota, the US Secretary of the Interior, the US Asst. Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, and the BIA Director and Deputy Directors.

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Delay the sale of Sioux sacred lands

The Pe' Sla sacred lands, located near Mt. Rushmore in the heart of the Black Hills, are central to the Lakota Sioux creation myth, and are integral 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. It is currently owned by the Reynolds family, but as soon 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 United Nations has issued a statement calling for the consultation with the affected tribes regarding this land:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12452&LangID=E

The Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes of the Great Sioux nation have united to raise money to purchase back the land, but time is quickly running out.

http://protectpesla.org/

We, the signers, ask that the land owners, the State of South Dakota, and the US Dept. of the Interior work to delay the sale of this parcel of land while the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation raise the funds necessary to purchase the land.It is mortifying and frankly heartbreaking that they should have to buy back the land that was rightfully theirs by treaty; at the bare minimum, they should be allowed enough time to raise the funds.
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Sincerely,