Black Hills controversy back in the news

“The Black Hills are not for sale,” Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney M. Bordeaux said on Monday.

Bordeaux said the tribe does not support efforts by a South Dakota attorney to represent people who want to accept an Indian Claims Commission award for the theft of the Black Hills. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 said the Sioux Nation was entitled to $146 million. ($107 million is the figure I’ve heard.)

The Sioux tribes have so far refused to accept the payment, which has grown to at least $863 million in interest in the U.S. Treasury and could even be over $1 billion. But attorney Doug Kettering has met with individual Indians who want a share of the payout.

“Always remember the Black Hills are sacred,” Bordeaux said in a press release.

‘Black Hills not for sale,’ Rosebud president says (The Rapid City Journal 5/6)

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1 Response to Black Hills controversy back in the news

  1. Ben Robinson says:

    I saw something some time ago that the Black Hills represented six figures of spirits in Native American lore before they were chiseled away. I want to know. Can you help?

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