Totally agree with this, Ruth. I have a related question that my son asked me and I could not answer because I do not know either the acreage or the amount in the registry of the court. I told him the story of the Black Hills litigation and how the Great Sioux Nation has said "not for sale" and so the money sits unclaimed, but, in my understanding, in interest bearing accounts. He asked me if it would be doable financially for the federal government to acquire the most important parts of the Black Hills by eminent domain and have the tribes reimburse the feds out of the compensation funds in the registry of the Court? I understand fully that even if it's financially doable that does not make it politically doable, and if the people tried to pull it off without eminent domain authority they would get hosed by the people currently holding white man's title. But if it were financially doable we could work on the politically doable part.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 16:21