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Help Lakota people buy back part of their sacred lands before it is sold and opened up for development.
Rapid City, South Dakota
United States
4 Team Members

Pe' Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City) that is considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of our creation story. It is a sacred place. We perform certain ceremonies at Pe' Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony. This area is partly owned by the Reynolds family. They plan to auction off almost 2,000 acres on August 25, 2012 to the highest bidder. It is likely that the state of South Dakota will put a road directly through Pe' Sla and open up this sacred place for development. The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe'Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development. Our sacred ways must be protected and passed on to our future generations so that our children may live. This area of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is also home to many plants and animals who should also be protected. In fact, many consider that the area should possibly be a historical site, which would also assist in protecting it from future development as well. As Lakota people, our ancestors prayed here, at Pe' Sla, at certain times of year, when the stars aligned. We cannot go elsewhere to pray. We were meant to pray here. This is what they do not understand. Please help the Lakota people. "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." Chief Sitting Bull, 1877 We have a group of young professional Native people that are dedicated to the promotion of education, health, leadership, and sovereignity among our indigenous Nations. Our goal is to assist in any way possible the purchase of Pe' Sla and other sites by a collective effort of the seven bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) - the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people. All proceeds from this campaign will go towards that effort. This area would be open to tribal nations for ceremonial purposes. The plants, animals, water, and air in the area would be respected and honored. Please see http://www.lastrealindians.com/category/chase-i... for more information. We thank you for your hope in the future.

We are hoping to buy as much of the sacred sites as possible. Currently for sale is 1,942.66 acres which is in 5 tracts (300 - 440 acres each).  It is diffcult to say how much this land would be sold for as developers may increase the true western "value". 

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has designated $50,000 for the purpose of purchasing Pe' Sla land.  By contributing to the effort of all the Sioux Tribes, we aim to purchase at least some of the tracts, if not all.  Many of the Sioux Tribes continue to exist in poverty and do not have a thriving casino-based economy as the media may have portrayed.  Yet we continue to fight for what is sacred, because it matters!

UPDATE: Auction was cancelled on August 24, 2012 by the owners. The land is still being offered for sale by private sale.

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  • $5USD

    Kola = friend; you will have friends for life in the Great Sioux Nation!

    1174 claimed
  • $10USD
    Cante Waste

    Cante Waste -you have a "good heart" - you are helping us to fight for what is right - to right a wrong to Ina Maka - Mother Earth!

    1428 claimed
  • $20USD
    Pilamaye from Oceti Sakowin!

    The Great Sioux Nation! You are ensuring the future generations - wakanyeja our children - have a place to pray.

    2177 claimed
  • $80USD
    Come to the Circle!

    HOCOKA! Come to the Circle! You are joining the circle of people fighting for sacred Pe' Sla! The place where sweet grass grows, prayer ties are blowing in the wind.. Keep it for our children!

    208 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2012
  • $100USD
    The People have Spoken

    The People are speaking, you are speaking, in the name of justice. It is right to protect what is sacred.

    756 claimed
  • $500USD
    Future Generations

    You are protecting what belongs to the future. What would our ancestors say, what would our grandchildren say if we did nothing? Protect Pe' Sla!

    43 claimed

    Huey Nat Geo Photo Print

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse- Limited Edition (1out of limited 10) signed photo print, 16x20; image appears on cover of National Geographic August 2012, Photograph by and donated by Aaron Huey. Pilamaye Aaron! (see photo gallery)

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    Estimated delivery: September 2012
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    Quilled Cradleboard

    Custom embroidered cloth cradle board with a fully quilled head rim. 8-9 bands. 20-" long. Pine wood backing. Buyer's color preferences taken into account. Traditional form of art! Quality, ONE OF A KIND! Made and donated by Dallas Goldtooth and family, Bdewakantonwan Dakota, Cansayapi. (see photo gallery)

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    Estimated delivery: October 2012
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