The fate of Pe' Sla, a sacred site in the Black Hills, is still up in the air.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Announces Progress on Potential Black Hills Sacred Site Purchase

Vincent Schilling
9/1/12

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) has announced progress in their efforts to purchase and preserve the sacred site of Pe’ Sla located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. According to RST President Rodney M. Bordeaux, “We have secured funding for the earnest money deposit of Pe’ Sla and fully intend to lead the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) into reclaiming its religious freedom.” The land also known as Reynolds Prairie Ranch, was recently pulled off the auction block as the owners appeared to be agreeable to sell the sacred lands back to Native tribes interested in re-obtaining it. After the stall of the auction, a collective group of tribes made an offer to the owners and a counter offer was issued. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has committed an undisclosed amount of earnest money in the purchase of Pe’ Sla. While in demonstration of a major collective effort of tribes, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) has stepped in to act as a collective voice for coalition of tribes that have formed in support of re-obtaining Pe’ Sla. According to GPTCA Executive Director A. Gay Kingman, the coming together of tribes has been a positive step for the unification of Native tribes. “The tribes are making a unified effort on behalf of the tribes and the people. We are close. In this day and age we are proud. I am proud of such a united effort of all the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people,” she said. “We are heartened by all that has happened in the support of Pe’ Sla. Everyone is coming together to include grandmas and grandpas and the youth. If people have had $5 to donate they will,” said Kingman. Additionally, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council says it wishes to work with other tribal councils on the management of the site if the sale is finalized in Rosebud’s favor, but immediate and concrete action was needed. “We are taking the lead on this,” RST Council Rep. Steve DeNoyer said in Friday’s council meeting in Rosebud. “Other tribes have pledged money, but unless it’s on paper, we need to act now.” “Of the effort to allow other tribes to work on participating in the purchase,” said Bordeaux.  “We invite other tribes in the Oceti Sakowin to join us in direct discussion on continued funding for the effort to purchase Pe’ Sla.” According to a statement at LastRealIndians.com, which has raised more that $305,000 thus far, "The Oceti Sakowin is extremely grateful for the tremendous support shown for Pe’ Sla; The Bands came together to show the world it is paramount for human beings to respect our living mother earth and sacred sites. This is the first time in recent history the Oceti Sakowin has mobilized in concert to buy back land in the sacred Black Hills, Wamaka Ognaka y Cante (the heart of everything that is). The Black Hills still belong to the Great Sioux Nation pursuant to its treaty with the United States -the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie." Last Real Indians also said they would continue to raise funds to aid in the purchase of Pe' Sla. Related articles: American Indian Tribes Make Offer on Black Hills Sacred Site Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled James Anaya Urges Consultations on Black Hills Sacred Site Chase Iron Eyes Asks For Help to Save Sacred Site Support Is Needed to Save Black Hills Sacred Site Black Hills Auction: Saving Pe’ Sla Black Hills Auction: The Auction of the Sacred

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