Landowner threatens to put Wounded Knee site up for auction

The non-Indian owner of the site where the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre took place says he will put the land up for auction if the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota doesn't buy it.

James A. Czywczynski says he's been trying to get the tribe to buy the land for decades. But his latest asking price -- $3.9 million for land that was appraised at less than $7,000 -- has tribal members fuming.

“I don’t think we should buy something back that we own," Oglala President Bryan Brewer told The New York Times.

Czywczynski has set a May 1 deadline.

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