Recent drilling talks in the Black Hills, have sparked additional outrage from many sides. Several concerned citizens, Prairie Hills Audobon Society and Tribal concerns were just part of the conversation in Pennington County this week. The concerns are enough to call for a special public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13. If this past meeting is any indication, opposition will likely be there.
Philimon Two Eagle of the Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council read a prepared statement by Rosebud Sioux Tribe President William Kindl. Part of that referenced the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. In it, the “Black Hills were recognized as part of the Great Sioux Reservation and set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.” Other comments from Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder and Ragina Brave can be found in the video below speaking as well.
Similar words were heard over 100 years ago. That land was stolen. In 1980 the Supreme Court agreed with the Sioux: The land, had been taken from them wrongfully, and $102 million was set aside as compensation. The trust’s value continues to grow well beyond $1 billion, but the Sioux have never collected that cash. “The land was never for sale.”
Think about that. The conviction, resolve and morality of Sacred Land over 1 Billion dollars. This is coming from some of the most economically challenged people in the land we call United.
Help remind the world that the Lakota and other Native people are still here and demand to be heard. They deserve to be heard. This is another chance to educate the public about Native American Treaty rights. They are real. They are “The Supreme Law of The Land.” In this case, they are protecting your water!
Footage From Pennington County Board of Commissioners (3 Hours) – Rosebud Sioux Tribe Statement Around 1:40 mark. Ragina Brave Statement Around 2:18 mark, too many others to list.
SUPPORT: Tue, February 13, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Special Board of Commissioners Meeting, Commission Chambers, 130 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Side note about drilling in the Black Hills – Mining could be a much bigger issue soon- Mineral Mountain says on its website that, “There are a number of clear opportunities in Rochford District.” The company believes there could a profitable mine at the site. They are telling investors they can strike it rich with the likes of “another Homestake Mine.”
We hear 7500 acres in the area are ready to be explored.
Credit and thanks to Water News Now