The sun rises over the sacred Pe' Sla prairie near Deerfield Lake. (Benjamin Brayfield/Rapid City Journal)

Tribes Reach $9 Million Goal and Purchase Sacred Site of Pe' Sla

Vincent Schilling
11/30/12

In a historic culmination of events leading up to the Pe’ Sla purchase deadline of November 30, the Great Sioux Nation, or Oceti Sakowin has managed to raise the $9 million necessary to secure the sacred land in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In a private affair between the Reynolds family and representatives of the Great Sioux Nation, the contracts have been signed and the land is now in the hands of the nation.

According to Rosebud Sioux Tribe Chairman Cyril “Whitey” Scott, the purchase is a done deal. “I can tell you that Pe' Sla, the sacred land on behalf of the Oceti Sakowin, is secured. The $9 million was secured, Pe' Sla has been purchased.”

In an interview with Chairman Scott minutes ago, he read the only official statement released by the Great Sioux Nation and said anything stated before his comments have been “unofficial.”

“The historic requisition of Pe’ Sla started today in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Tribe, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe community gathered in a historic assembly of the United Tribes.

Pe’ Sla is sacred because it is related to the Lakota creation and it is the site for annual ceremonies. It has historically hosted many village gatherings. Black Elk, the Lakota visionary sought his visions at Pe’ Sla. It is the high mountain on a prairie in the heart of the Black Hills.

The land of Pe’ Sla was once protected by the 1868 and 1851 Sioux nation treaties. The United States violated those treaties and took the Black Hills in violation of the fifth amendment of the Constitution. Today the requisition is a historic event for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people. The tribes will work together to form the Oceti Sakowin Sacred Land Protection Commission to protect Pe’ Sla. We will preserve the sacred site for traditional and cultural ceremonies and keep it in a pristine state for our future generations.

We are grateful to stand together before the creator and to help our people in reclaiming one of our most sacred sites. We are not waiting for the United States to deal with this justly on the Black Hills rights and we ask that now that we are exercising our inherent sovereign authority to protect this most sacred site. We must perpetuate our way of life for future generations.

We thank the members of the public who donated to this cause to create justice for all people and now we are more determined than ever that the United States must provide justice for our people. We thank the Reynolds family for working with us in our requisition of Pe’ Sla as a sacred site for Lakota, Nakota and Dakota people.”

According to Scott, The Reynolds family was also present at the signing. Though he said he was not able to release any other details Scott did say, “This was one of the most heartwarming experiences I have ever experienced in my life besides becoming a leader of the Oyate Sakowin.”

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With prayers that this marks the beginning of the return of all lands to those who treat our sacred Mother Earth with only with the utmost reverence and respect.

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. . . POWER of . . . humanE LOVE . . . . . . . oR . . . . love of . . . grabbing at power . . . . ? . . . .

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How heavy my heart is for the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota, The Great Sioux Nation to have this sacred land for many generations to come. What a beautiful and Spiritual place to conduct traditional and cultural ceremonies. The Creator has answered many prayers. Pe' Sla now belongs to whom it was meant for.

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All I ask is these tribes keep the tribal members updated even those off the reservation near the Black Hills, I was born and raised in the hills, and I'm a Rosebud Tribal member. Please, don't leave us out in the decision that are going to effect my current neighbors, maybe the Rosebud and Crow Creek,Shakopee Tribes should start planning and attending meetings near the Black Hills,,Again wopila Tanka, I live among the people in the Black Hills.

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Though no man truly owns a land, my heart soars knowing this site will be protected and preserved by a nation who will honor the sacred beauty of our earthly home.

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Belated congratulations on this great event. A bittersweet moment considering the history. More power to the Oceti Sakowin.

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Hello, is possible to have a address e-mail from a Chief of Sioux Nations thank you in advance. HI MAJESTY TEATUAURA OF TAHITI IN POLYNESIA

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