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Lakotas to celebrate purchase of Pe' Sla Sept. 5, 2012



At a press conference in Eagle Butte, South
Dakota on Saturday, Lakota leaders of the movement to secure the Lakota pilgrimage site Pe’
Sla for the Sioux Nation announced that the tribes will purchase the 2000 acres
of sacred land in the Black Hills. After several weeks of intense fundraising,
the nine tribes raised enough to make a deal with the current owners of Pe’ Sla,
Leonard and Margaret Reynolds—though details of the arrangement are still being
negotiated. The fundraising effort on the part of the Sioux tribes was begun by
Attorney Chase Iron Eyes, and the negotiations were carried out in part by
Cheyenne River Tribal Councilwoman Robin Lebeau. Both leaders spoke on Saturday.
Saturday’s action was organized by Last Real Indians and the Lakota People’s Law
Project, two organizations operating in South Dakota that support the return of
the Black Hills to the Sioux.

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Rapid City, SD (PRWEB) September 03, 2012
Saturday’s action was organized by Last Real
Indians and the Lakota People’s Law Project, two
organizations operating in South Dakota that support the return of the Black
Hills to the Sioux.


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Chase Iron Eyes described the process by which his organization, Last Real Indians,
conducted a fundraising effort to save Pe’ Sla, raising $300,000. This sum was
combined with $1.3 million put forth by the Rosebud Sioux tribe, enough to seal
the land deal.

Mr. Iron Eyes, an attorney in his mid thirties, discussed the
teachings concerning the Black Hills that he received from his elders a a youth:
“Its back, we’re talking about the Black Hills again, and it’s the right time
for it to happen.”

Councilwoman Lebeau, also under forty, described the
complicated negotiations by which the tribes acquired the land. She implored the
tribes to come together: “What I want to stress is unity. All I am asking for
you (Sioux) to do is to take (the idea of Pe’ Sla) back to who whomever your
spiritual leaders are—your treaty councils, your IRAs—and let’s come together.”


Thunder Hawk talked of the importance of land possession to Sioux identity,
saying, “The land the priceless. The land is who we are. That’s why we still are
who we are, because we have a land base…It doesn’t matter how much money the
tribes have to put up for Pe’ Sla. We have to have it.” Councilwoman Young, who
participated in the conference calls during which the land deal occurred,
thanked both her fellow Sioux negotiators and the Reynolds family for obliging
Sioux appeals.

“As we continue to renew our belief systems and ceremonies, we
urge our people to continue as human beings to contribute and share our
lifesystems with the world so that Pe’ Sla becomes a universal symbol of peace
everywhere.”

Former tribal chairman Brings Plenty discussed the Sioux struggle
for self-empowerment and the role that land plays in it. “This Pe’ Sla movement,
it is a victory.”


The organizers of Saturday’s press conference are holding a rally in Rapid
City this Wednesday, September 5, to celebrate the purchase of Pe’ Sla. It will
be at the Memorial Park Band Shell at 5 pm.



Thunder Hawk, Iron Eyes, Lebeau, Young, and Huey invite interviews from
journalists. To reach Thunder Hawk, Lebeau, Young, or Huey please use
[url=mailto:DanielPaul@LakotaLaw.org]DanielPaul@LakotaLaw.org[/url] or 831-406-0349. For Iron Eyes use
[url=mailto:ChaseIronEyes@LastRealIndians.com]ChaseIronEyes@LastRealIndians.com[/url].



For updates about the upcoming events see Facebook.com/LakotaPeoplesLawProject
and www.LastRealIndians.com


Added: Sep-3-2012 Occurred On: Sep-3-2012
By: sobrelosolas
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Tags: South Dakota, Lakota, Pe’ Sla, Sioux Nation, Black Hills, tribes
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