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Rosebud Sioux Tribe makes 'earnest payment' on Black Hills site





The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has made an "earnest payment" on a sacred site in the Black Hills but a deal is far from done, a spokesperson said.

The tribe has set aside $1.3 million to buy the land that includes Pe' Sla. But the asking price for the entire 1,940-acre site is expected to be anywhere from $6 million to $10 million.

"It’s really too early to declare victory. We have met the conditions to be at the negotiating table. It would be premature to say the land is going to be ours," spokesperson Alfred Walking Bull told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Tribal activists are still raising money on the Internet to protect Pe' Sla. Chase Iron Eyes of the Last Real Indians said $320,000 has been donated so far.

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Tribe pays on Black Hills land (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 9/5)

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