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The Oglala will not sell out the Black Hills by Brandon Ecoffey
The Oglala will not sell out the Black Hills. The people of the Oglala nation will not stand for it.
After a poorly written and irresponsible proposed resolution came to light last week, shock waves were sent across Indian Country fueled by fear and false rhetoric on social media. Media reports written by armchair journalists from near and far gave the panic legs.
Two lessons were learned from the fiasco; one is that you cannot write news based off of one interview and a press release, and more important if any tribal official makes a run at relinquishing our legal and moral claim to the Black Hills, they are committing political suicide.
Despite what many people are saying about the Oglala selling out, this incident proves the opposite. The majority of people on the Pine Ridge reservation would rather choose to live in poverty than turn the most sacred place in the world over to the “fat takers.” The descendants of Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Russell Means will always be the first to mount our horses when it is time to defend the people, you can guarantee that.
86 years ago today (1927) Gutzon Borglum began defacing the sacred BlackHills with Mt. Rushmore.
Bear Butte Polluters Indicted, By Brandon Ecoffey
RAPID CITY—Late last week Sean Clark and Devorah Lopez, owners of the Glencoe Camp Resort located just south of the sacred site Bear Butte near Sturgis were indicted by a federal grand jury for the “discharge of a pollutant from a source point into a water of the United States.”
The alleged crime that poisoned and dammed up Bear Butte Creek however is not the only criminal act of pollution that the couple has committed according to Thomas Gamage a former employee of the Glencoe Camp resort.
In a series of two interviews that Gamage gave with Native Sun News he described how he along with several other workers under the direction of Sean Clark; created, filled with trash and toxins, ten 60 ft. by 30 ft. trenches that they then covered with dirt within walking distance of Bear Butte. All of the pits were located on the Glencoe property that sits a little more than two miles south of Bear Butte.
“I took a crane and front end loader and dug a ledge in to the ground. (Price) then brought in tractors and trailers and was dumping oil drums, except it wasn’t oil that was in them I think it was transmission residue,” he said.
Gamage said that after the oil drums were dropped in to the pits, trash was put on top them and then the pits were covered with dirt.
Gamage provided multiple photos to Native Sun News and LastRealIndians.com that he says show the trenches, what he filled them with, and their proximity of the pits to the sacred site of Bear Butte.
For tribes in the Northern Plains Bear Butte is one of the most spiritually significant sites in the entire world. For many tribes including the Lakota and the Northern Cheyenne, as well as others the site is the only place where certain ceremonies can take place and is also a place where sacred knowledge was given to the people.
READ ABOUT IT HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/bear-butte-polluters-indicted-by-brandon-ecoffey/
The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council issued a news release Wednesday stating proposed oil and gas leases near Chief Mountain have been cancelled. The mountain, located near the Canadian border and on the boundary between the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park, is a sacred site.
Lastrealindian Chase Iron Eyes is going to be on American Public Media’s ‘The Story’ TODAY. Click on the link to find out where and when you can to tune in to listen to him discuss Pe’Sla: http://thestory.org/Stations
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Last Real Indians is raising money to buy back their sacred land called Pe’Sla, located in the heart of the Black Hills in South Dakota. The land was granted to the tribes 150 years ago, but people illegally homesteaded and are now selling the land for development. The Great Sioux Nation must raise $9million to purchase the land by November 30, 2012, securing it as a sacred, undeveloped site, accessible to all. They’ve raised $6.5million let’s help them get the rest. Spread this video far and wide. Donate and get more info at lastrealindians.com. Also, indiegogo.com/pesla. Thank you.
Video features Chase Iron eyes, Sol Guy and Ezra Miller, from Perks of Being a Wallflower