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The Black Hills Are Not for Sale! by poasterchild The Black Hills Are Not for Sale! by poasterchild
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In 1868, the United States signed a treaty with the Lakotah (Sioux) people setting aside the Black Hills in what is today western South Dakota "for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupancy of the Sioux." Then gold was discovered there by miners who were illegally trespassing, and Congress grabbed the land after negotiations to purchase it broke down. The resulting military battles culminated in Custer's defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876.

"Ho-ka hey!" Crazy Horse yelled at the Little Bighorn. "It is a good day to fight! It is a good day to die! Strong hearts, brave hearts, to the front! Weak hearts and cowards to the rear."

Congress responded by telling the Sioux: Give up the Black Hills, or lose federal food, medicine and blankets, rations pledged earlier to compensate for disrupting their hunting lands with westward expansion. Only 10% of the adult male Sioux population signed the treaty giving up the land, but Congress enacted it into law in 1877.

A federal judge, later echoed by the Supreme Court, castigated the government's deal, saying: "A more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealing will never, in all probability, be found in our history."

A century later, in 1980, the Supreme Court awarded eight Sioux tribes $106 million in compensation--the 1877 value of $17.5 million, plus interest. This was payment for what the court called "a taking of tribal property."

Try to figure the value of the Black Hills--called, in the Lakotah language, the heart of everything that is: Wamaka Og'naka I'cante. It would be like trying to place a monetary value on Bethlehem to Christians. It cannot be done. Return the Black Hills to the Lakotah NOW and remove this stain on America's honor!
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Murica is the most free!  :iconmuricaplz: yihaa! 

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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
We should just give back the lands we took from them and work a deal so they can be at a more equal level to the rest of America because we've made and broken promises with the Native Americans.
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Considering how stubborn people can be about what is "theirs," I doubt the likelihood of that happening. Would be nice, though...
Also, if we did, would they trust us?
"We're not going to be fooled by the 400 deals you promised us before this one."
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
It's sad that white peopl don't respect the Black Hills as a sacred place
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
black people do?
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I don't think anyone does
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
But you wrote that "white peopl don't respect the Black Hills" So I was wondering if black or latino does, still the history of Indians is sad thing, I hear on radio a guy who visited the Indian communities how they are cultural similarities with europeans witch was interesting (Indians are from europe so we have more in common that you would think).
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CSuk-1T Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Digital Artist
America was founded on lies, dishonesty, theft, murder, rape, genocide, holocaust, brutal violence and GREED etc. that was aimed at the Native Americans of the 500 Nations people (the real Americans). It was done by a GREEDY  bunch of ignorant/arrogant immigrants from most of Europe. Unfortunately it is still going on today with the GREEDY merchant banks, the GREEDY multi-national corporations and the GREEDY mega-rich perpetrating the the misery and murder etc. in other countries.....and they have the cheek to complain about China's despicable Human Rights record!
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ulyferal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree ... for this situation, but what about all the other displaced Indians in America? Nothing really is being done about the wholesale stealing land that rightfully belonged to the Indians. However, the Indians would be quick to tell us invaders that the land belongs to itself we only live upon it so how can we put a price on it? They're right but unfortunately, we can't change our present mind set that sets prices on land so the only thing we can do is give back the areas the American Indians lived upon originally. Oh yes, it will mean displacing all the squatters but how can anyone feel it is right to take what isn't theirs? How can they look at their children and mouth all those rules from the bible bout 'thou shalt not steal' or 'thou shalt not covet thy neighbors lands' (or something like that)? We are such a nation of hypocrites and fixing our mistakes will take heroic measures that I don't think we'll ever see in our lifetimes.
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Tragic, indeed.

I wish my go-to places to get away from America (Canada, Australia) didn't have their own problems with the aborigines.
(I don't know, and don't want to know, if they do, so I'm fearing the worst.)
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Only by saying "Fuck that, I'm trying ANYWAY" does change ever occur, friend.
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Naeomi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I like this analogy. :nod:
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It would have also worked had I said "Jews" and "Jerusalem" or "Muslims" and "Mecca," but since most of my audience is from North America and Europe where Christianity predominates, that is the analogy I used. Thanks.
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Naeomi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
:nod:
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lichtie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Good for the Sioux. They are a people with integrity and rightful pride in their beliefs, fight for human justice, liberty and history.
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Brotha-Yasuji Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Pardon my ignorance here, but I haven't heard anything about this until just now. Why do Christians want to buy the Black Hills?
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
They don't. The U.S. government, pursuant to a Supreme Court decision, awarded eight Sioux tribes $106 million in compensation for the government's illegal seizure of the Black Hills in 1876. The Sioux have refused the money; they want the land returned to them.

The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux, just like Bethlehem is sacred to Christians. This poster is an effort to make people understand that asking the Sioux to take money for the Black Hills would be like asking Christians to take money for Bethlehem (or, asking Muslims to take money for Mecca, or Jews to take money for Jerusalem. Now do you understand?
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Brotha-Yasuji Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Yeah, I got it now. Also went and looked it up on Google, no surprise that the mainstream media isn't covering this.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well, actually the New York Times has been regularly covering this and elated stories: [link] [link] and [link]
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Chrysanthus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
All that American Native being fucked off by the goverment always makes me veeeery angry, and I'm from Europe, god dammnit.
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Khakishro Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I respect Native American people. As the descendant of an oppressed people myself, it disgusts me how people call themselves Christians, as if that means they are on moral high ground no matter what they do, and then proceed to commit heinous acts. The acts begin with the conquistadors, and their three G's Gold, Glory and God. They sought to enrich themselves, and spread their way of thought to bolster their own since of superiority, without actually fully embracing the people who turned to their way of thinking. I could go on and on...
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Rustic-King Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I see that a lot of people viewing this are Marxists, I myself am the polar opposite but I support this wholeheartedly. Every race deserves respect for its ways. The Lakota (Sioux) people should be fully recompensed for the loss not only of their sacred space, but the profit made from mining it. What was done to them and other North american nations was shameful and I hope one day the U.S and Canada are able to form a much more healthy relationship with the natives where their culture is celebrated and promoted.
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Kdick0987654321 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Honestly, we don't care if you aren't a Marxist. As long as you support the cause for the people, you're with us.

Now that I see this, I just thought of this, how often do you even SEE an Indian?
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Not that often do you see one, but that aside,  I personally fear that the attitude of the American people is woefully incompatible with our idealistic vision of a more cooperative relationship between the Native Americans and the rest of the population.
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Kdick0987654321 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Yep. They're going to keep on drinking the racist kool-aid.
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hyena-spit Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really do agree with this. People took their land when they came to America, which was wrong and cruel. And it's not even stopping. I'm not just going to give up my home for some idiots who want it for their businesses; why should a Native American( /Indian or whatever you fancy) have to?
Besides, they WERE here first.
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm they tried this in the 1800's and it didn't work out too well for Americans now did it? Custer anyone? People never learn. :iconrolleyesplz:
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The-Spoonrider Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Exactly. And I find it disgusting how jewelry stores and the like, brazenly advertise that their some of their products are made from "Black Hills Gold".
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poasterchild Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
All stolen. Through 2001, when mining operations ceased, the mine produced 39.8 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver. At current prices, the value of that stolen property is about $53.4 billion dollars. The land itself (about 5,000 square miles or 3.2 million acres), even at a very conservative $5,000 per acre, would be worth about $16 billion.

If you divide that total of about $70 billion by the 70,000 or so Sioux living today, each one is owed about $1,000,000 (one million dollars).
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The-Spoonrider Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
It seems to me that a great percentage of this nations wealth was essentially stolen; i.e. Slavery, Native American land, etc. And people tout the US as #1, but it's really easy to be #1 when you rape all the best land of a fertile continent for it's natural resources, land that belonged to someone else. The great North American prairies don't exist at all anymore, it's almost entirely been converted to agriculture. The Great Plains biotope (a massive amount of land) has been irreparably destroyed. And a good percentage of the food that is produced from that land goes completely to waste.

It's not just the USA though, it's just humans in general. They are just naturally stupid and ignorant.
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I second that, unfortunately.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Let me say something to those of you who have the misfortune to read the racist bullshit posted by *Hula121.

Many, if not most, non-American Indians mistakenly accept the idea that the word "Indian" came to be applied to Native Americans because Christopher Columbus named them that mistakenly believing that he had actually landed on the Indian subcontinent.

That is not the case.

In reality, the original inhabitants of North America came to be known as "Indians," this being an English corruption of the name Columbus did use to describe them in Spanish, "in Dios," or, "the people who live with God," or, "God's people," this a recognition of their putting their spiritual beliefs into practice in daily life.
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Hula121 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
We could sell the redskins Bethlehem. See how they deal with all the angry Israelis and Palestinians; the latter of which would see the Native Americans and their animistic shamanism as infidels just the same.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Redskins, huh? You have no idea what that term means, and you certainly do not understand our religion, but it makes no difference because you are :banned:
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poasterchild Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
From the Urban Dictionary: "An offensive and derogatory term refering to Native Americans. [It c]omes from when the government paid for each 'indian' one killed. Instead of carrying the bodies they would take the [bloody] scalps to prove they had murdered a Native American."
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TheRantsofReason Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The image reminds me of the time when there was a news story a group of conservatives protesting about immigration and were getting rather angry about immigrants moving into america. Then out of the blue an American-Indian (not sure what the correct/preferred term is, here we have the aboriginals and i'm unsure if they call themselves that.) and started confronting them basically going "oh you don't like immigrants huh? well how about you do us all a favor and get out of america, you're all immigrants to me and you don't see me making a ruckus, you're all a disgrace." Twas glorious.
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Exactly.
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TheRantsofReason Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can imagine it being a very confusing word if the English had a difficult time pronouncing more countries now <_<
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a member of a Confederate civil war reenactment group who was getting yelled at by a black woman and he went, "I'm Native American, so all you all can get off my land." Many Natives fought for the Condfederacy because they were promised their own represnetaion in government. You had Natives on both sides but I always love seeing a Native tell someone to go back to where they came from. The person that was told that looks so confused and shamed.
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TheRantsofReason Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why was the guy being yelled at by a black woman exactly? :S
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We walked into the resturant she was in after a reenactment wearing a confederate uniform
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TheRantsofReason Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm assuming that it's a bit rough for a woman to yell at someone just for wearing a confederate uniform, i can imagine some people on the other side wearing the confederate uniform purely for perspective sake or just because people actually need to simply fill the roles regardless of their views of the confederates of the time correct?
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that is true, many times reenactors will have to play the other side. Some areas it is more than others.
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TheRantsofReason Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So it was rather presumptuous on the black woman's behalf to assume that the person in the uniform held the confederates beliefs or views.
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.
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