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Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South DakotaFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South Dakota (02/23)
The state wants to take over federally-managed land that was promised to the Sioux Nation by treaty.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Presidents on Mount Rushmore didn't treat tribes so wellFiled Under: Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Presidents on Mount Rushmore didn't treat tribes so well (02/17)
There are four faces of past presidents carved in the side of a hill in the Sacred He Sapa (Black Hills).
Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concernFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern (02/17)
Tribal authorities and other members of the public roundly questioned proposals for drilling deep boreholes to test nuclear waste disposal technology in 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.
Victor Swallow: Oglala Sioux family remains connected to the landFiled Under: Opinion
Victor Swallow: Oglala Sioux family remains connected to the land (02/13)
Most of the stories I write about way back when are told to me by my mother Lizzie Two Bulls-Swallow.
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota seeks transfer of treaty landsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: South Dakota seeks transfer of treaty lands (02/03)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to carve out pieces of the Black Hills National Forest and serve them up as state-owned recreation areas threatens Native American children’s access to a long-established camp
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation rulingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe wins consultation ruling (01/09)
Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners must heed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s demand for consultation in order to validate a license for proposed uranium mining operation in the Black Hills.
Native Sun News Today: Opposition to drilling test in Lakota territoryFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Opposition to drilling test in Lakota territory (12/20)
Haakon County Commission members, meeting here on December 6, convened in a larger room than usual when they found their venue filled with citizens concerned that a proposed deep bore hole drilling project would lead to disposal of high-level radioactive nuclear waste.
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black HillsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Uranium firms stake claims in sacred Black Hills (12/12)
Results of an exhaustive, two-year scientific study show 2,100 active claims of uranium companies in unsuspected areas near Black Hills population centers.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Include tribal warriors in South Dakota's annual Buffalo RoundupFiled Under: Opinion
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Include tribal warriors in South Dakota's annual Buffalo Roundup (11/28)
To deny our warriors the right not to join in a roundup that has our history written all over it is to deny our history.
Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fightFiled Under: Opinion
Charles Trimble: Standing on moral high ground in #NoDAPL fight (10/04)
Several months ago I posted a piece on Facebook that talked about the moral high ground that Native people as a whole have occupied as part of our ongoing struggle to preserve our homelands and our cultures.
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water sourceFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Uranium contaminates tribal water source (09/30)
Water in the Cheyenne River helps to irrigate field and provide water for livestock across Lakota Country.
Jim Kent: A tale of two warriors comes alive in sacred Black HillsFiled Under: Opinion
Jim Kent: A tale of two warriors comes alive in sacred Black Hills (09/29)
Basil Brave Heart – the warrior who had never killed a slave, the warrior who had never massacred women and children, the warrior who had never started a war – accepted a mission to take on the federal government.
Lakota Country Times: Thank you ceremony honors Black Elk PeakFiled Under: Environment | National
Lakota Country Times: Thank you ceremony honors Black Elk Peak (09/28)
As the late-morning sun slowly starts to warm the chilled mountain air some 80 Natives and non-Natives form a circle at the base of Black Elk Peak.
Native Sun News Today: Concert brings unity to the Black HillsFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News Today: Concert brings unity to the Black Hills (09/21)
The 2016 Black Hills Unity Concert at Elk Creek Resort in Piedmont celebrated its third year with a call to Honor the Sacred, the Earth and All Her People.
Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black HillsFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black Hills (09/05)
All who are concerned about the Black Hills and its proper return to the rightful heirs are invited to join the 3rd annual Black Hills Unity Concert.
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty landsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands (09/01)
The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Holding onto racist histories in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Holding onto racist histories in South Dakota (09/01)
Here in our Northern Plains, the Sioux Tribal Nation and its non-Native neighbors seem to hold on to depressing and distasteful notions about how our paths crossed as histories were made.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk PeakFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Oglala veteran pushed for Black Elk Peak (08/26)
Lakota elder Basil Brave Heart remains positive and pragmatic about the situation.
John Yellow Bird Steele: A great step forward with Black Elk PeakFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
John Yellow Bird Steele: A great step forward with Black Elk Peak (08/25)
The Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and the United States took a long stride forward towards justice in the Black Hills.
Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk PeakFiled Under: Opinion
Jim Kent: Republicans in South Dakota whine about Black Elk Peak (08/24)
In a situation where South Dakota could have taken the lead in building a bridge toward racial harmony, its leaders have chosen to whine.
Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law courtFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law court (08/23)
There are two basic types of hero in Lakota country; long dead legendary ancestors, and athletes who can shoot an orange ball through an iron hoop.
Native Sun News: Black Elk Peak honors sanctity of Black Hills siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Black Elk Peak honors sanctity of Black Hills site (08/22)
The highest peak east of the Rockies will enjoy a new name, a name that honors the indigenous people who’ve worshipped here for centuries, Black Elk Peak.
Charles Trimble: Celebrating a new name for sacred Black Hills siteFiled Under: Opinion
Charles Trimble: Celebrating a new name for sacred Black Hills site (08/19)
Wherever you are, you are surrounded by the six directions – you are the center of that universe and bear the responsibility to the universe, to God.
Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black ElkFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sacred peak in South Dakota renamed for Lakota holy man Black Elk (08/12)
The old name for Black Elk Peak came from a general who committed a massacre of the Lakota people and held women and children hostage.
Lakota Country Times: Lakota culture inspires massive sculptureFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Lakota Country Times: Lakota culture inspires massive sculpture (08/11)
It’s about to be another very warm summer day in western South Dakota as Masayuki Nagase stands near his 'home-away-from-home' since 2013.
Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribesFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribes (08/02)
Totally disregarding the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 the United States government illegally seized the Black Hills from the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation.
Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claimFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claim (07/12)
As someone who grew up in Pine Ridge I've known of people my age who have talked about taking the money that has grown with interest to somewhere in the range of $1 billion.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe eyes land claim talksFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe eyes land claim talks (07/11)
A letter from Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellowbird Steele to President Barack Obama regarding the Black Hills land claim has surfaced and has left many wondering.
Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claimFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claim (07/08)
Peter Capossela documents a history of land grabs by the United States that starts with the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868.
Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black HillsFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | National
Native Sun News: Lakota artists recount legend of the Black Hills (07/07)
The Great Race, a story of the formation of the Black Hills in South Dakota, an ovate shaped range of hills and mountains that clearly resemble a modern racecourse, was recorded in written format by Oglala Lakota author James LaPointe.
Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded KneeFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded Knee (06/28)
In 1976 the Lakota Treaty Council tried to schedule a meeting with President Gerald Ford where they hoped to present to him several proposals and arguments including putting a stop to a forced acceptance of the money set aside in the Black Hills Claims Settlement.
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker barFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar (06/24)
Bear Butte and the sacred rituals and ceremonies that must be conducted there are threatened.
Native Sun News: Tour brings group to sacred South Dakota sitesFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News: Tour brings group to sacred South Dakota sites (06/21)
Taking the lead in race relations and reparations in Rapid City, Regional Health sponsored another educational tour of the Black Hills and surrounding areas.
Native Sun News: Grandmothers convene Gathering of EaglesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Grandmothers convene Gathering of Eagles (06/20)
The international congregation of Spiritual Unity of the Tribes has prepared a Gathering of Eagles event in the Black Hills, June 21-25, to recognize the wisdom of elder women.
Native Sun News: Lakota elders finish four-month sacred journeyFiled Under: National
Native Sun News: Lakota elders finish four-month sacred journey (06/10)
As the sun dance ceremony season is about to begin, a four-stop journey to the most sacred sites in and around the Black Hills has come to an end for two Lakota traditionalists.
Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black HillsFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills (05/25)
Are we going to continue on the path of separation and disunity when it comes to one of the most important issues ever to face us?
Tim Giago: Lakota people belong at the table in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Lakota people belong at the table in South Dakota (05/18)
The past is gone, but native South Dakotans can repair a lot of damage and greatly improve upon race relations if they stop thinking of the Lakota as a part of history that should be forgotten.
Native Sun News: Elders host ceremony at sacred Black Hills siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Elders host ceremony at sacred Black Hills site (05/13)
Each year for the past 20 years, Leonard Little Finger and Richard Broken Nose have visited four sacred sites in and around the Black Hills to continue the restoration, healing and renewal of life for humanity.
South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site (05/12)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is claiming that his remarks to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe were 'his personal opinion' and were separate from the state's opposition to a land-into-trust application for a sacred site.
James Giago Davies: How  Lakota people can reclaim the Black HillsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: How Lakota people can reclaim the Black Hills (05/09)
I realize there is no place on earth I love more than the Black Hills.
Native Sun News: Large  biker bar inches closer to sacred Bear ButteFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
Native Sun News: Large biker bar inches closer to sacred Bear Butte (05/09)
County commissioners bestowed their blessing on the 'World’s Largest Biker Bar' over the objections of a Lakota grandmother and educator who said the action would allow development of an adult entertainment venue too close to the sacred site of Mato Paha.
Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota governor's comments to Rosebud Sioux Tribe harken back to painful eraFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: South Dakota governor's comments to Rosebud Sioux Tribe harken back to painful era (05/05)
At one point the federal government saw fit that all Indigenous people needed to be watched over by agency superintendents.
Jim Kent: Governor of South Dakota blissfully ignorant about tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Jim Kent: Governor of South Dakota blissfully ignorant about tribes (05/04)
It’s been 200 years since a couple of white men traveled across the country referring to members of the Native American tribes they encountered as 'children' and advising them what would be in their best interests for their long-term future.
Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred landsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands (05/03)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard stopped by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council’s April 21 meeting to discuss a number of issues -- including his appeal of Pe' Sla’s trust status designation.
Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills siteFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site (05/02)
Although South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's most recent comments to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council regarding Pe' Sla have grabbed the headlines, it is the legal filings in the matter that illuminate the state's opposition to the land being transferred into trust status.
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanupFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (04/28)
Taxpayers have 30 days to comment on a liability agreement that would reduce their costs by $10 million for the ongoing Superfund cleanup at the abandoned Gilt Edge Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appealFiled Under: Environment | National | Trust
Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal (04/26)
The objection to the land-into-trust application by Gov. Daugaard has been met with stiff backlash from tribal leaders including Standing Rock Sioux Tribal President Dave Archambault Jr.
Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear ButteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear Butte (04/26)
After the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Biker Bar” burned down in September, co-owner Michael Ballard is looking to rebuild and expand his Full Throttle Saloon business closer to Bear Butte National Historic Landmark.
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemyFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy (04/21)
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to find hard evidence the Wasicu runs our lives.
Editorial: Readers of Rapid City newspaper never fail to disappointFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Readers of Rapid City newspaper never fail to disappoint (04/20)
If one reads a section of the Rapid City Journal called 'Your Two Cents' one could come away with the impression that there are a lot of prejudiced, nay more than that; ignorant people living in Rapid City.
Native Sun News: Ceremony honors  caretaker of sacred Lakota siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Ceremony honors caretaker of sacred Lakota site (04/15)
Leonard Little Finger and Richard Broken Nose held a ceremony on the bottom of Harney Peak near Sylvan Lake to give prayers to the spiritual caretaker of this mountain, sacred to the Lakota and surrounding tribes.
Mario Gonzalez: Clearing up misunderstanding in Black Hills caseFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Mario Gonzalez: Clearing up misunderstanding in Black Hills case (04/12)
The $102 million award from a court case and a $44 million award from the Indian Claims Commission have now grown with interest to approximately $1.3 billion.
Native Sun News: Attorney discusses long-running Black Hills caseFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Attorney discusses long-running Black Hills case (03/29)
Attorney Mario Gonzales and the Native Sun News discuss the long history of the Black Hills land claim.
Native Sun News: Opponents fight quarry expansion in Black HillsFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Opponents fight quarry expansion in Black Hills (03/28)
Opponents of a proposed four-fold expansion at a Black Hills gravel pit in an area earmarked for conservation use are calling on Native Americans to consider supporting them.
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expandFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand (03/23)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed expansion of Australia’s largest U.S. aquifer mining operation, also Wyoming’s newest uranium mine, located near Mato Tipila.
Bureau of Indian Affairs places sacred site in Black Hills in trustFiled Under: Environment | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs places sacred site in Black Hills in trust (03/17)
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe raised $9 million to purchase 2,022 acres are Pe' Sla in South Dakota.
South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribes (02/11)
Rep. Shawn Bordeaux (D), a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, spoke in favor of a resolution that called for 'full and fair compensation' to the Sioux Nation.
Native Sun News: Firm suspends work on mine near sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Firm suspends work on mine near sacred site (01/29)
The Canadian company that proposed to mine rare earth minerals near the culturally significant tribal landmark of Mahto Tipila, or Devils Tower, suspended activities at the so-called Bear Lodge Project.
Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apologyFiled Under: National | Politics
Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apology (11/19)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs apology is examined 15 years later at a Native American Heritage Month event in Washington, D.C.
Tim Giago: The irony of the buffalo roundup in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: The irony of the buffalo roundup in South Dakota (11/05)
There is a historic marker west of Custer, South Dakota, that reads in part: 'Historic Sites, Buffalo Rock – Site where the last buffalo was killed in the Black Hills in 1887.'

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