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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!
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.
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
It's sad that white peopl don't respect the Black Hills as a sacred place
Rodegas Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
black people do?
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I don't think anyone does
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).
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!
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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