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I think if a confederation of all the tribes simultaneously declared complete independence and autonomy and the government responded with violence, I'm pretty confident that the average American would see that as a worthy revolution cause.
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: Cuervo
I remember the days before the Tribes had money from casinos. No one wanted to live on the reservations then.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
It looks like what's going on is division within the Oglala Sioux tribe, not a problem with the Federal government. The tribal leaders want the park. Some of the tribe members who will get kicked out to make room for the park are mad at the tribal leaders.
Sandra Buffington has spent her life working to carve a home and ranching business out of the sparse grasslands around the South Unit of Badlands National Park.
But she and other Lakota ranchers face the possibility of losing their grazing rights to make way for a huge bison reserve planned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
edit on 25-6-2014 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)
The Oka Crisis was a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada which began on July 11, 1990 and lasted until September 26, 1990. One person died as a result. The dispute was the first well-publicized violent conflict between First Nations and the Canadian government in the late 20th century. The crisis developed from a local dispute between the town of Oka and the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. The town of Oka was developing plans to expand a golf course and residential development onto land which had traditionally been used by the Mohawk. It included pineland and a burial ground, marked by standing tombstones of their ancestors. The Mohawks had filed a land claim for the sacred grove and burial ground near Kanesatake, but their claim had been rejected in 1986.
The Oka Crisis lasted 78 days, and gunfire early in the crisis killed SQ Corporal Marcel Lemay. The golf course expansion which had originally triggered the crisis was cancelled by the mayor of Oka. The Oka Crisis galvanized, throughout Canada, a subsequent process of developing a First Nations Policing Policy to try to prevent future such events.
originally posted by: HauntWok
Is weird, I can't find any other news source for this. I've checked local papers for SD and nothing.
Anyone else see anything about this from some other news source?
It would be awful if true.
The U.S. government’s War Department took what is now the South Unit from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to establish a practice bombing range in the 1940s. It was returned to the Oglala Sioux tribe in 1976 and has since been co-managed with the Park Service. The tribe began pushing for greater control of the unit’s 133,300 acres about a decade ago, after they disagreed with the Park Service’s plans for the land. The plan released Thursday recommends Congress create a new designation for a tribal national park. Depending on Congressional action, it could be administered several different ways, including as a unit of NPS managed by tribal members who work as NPS employees or by tribal members who work for the tribe.
The plan includes building a buffalo herd that Tribal members would manage. But not all members of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Government are convinced it's a good idea, including Vice President Tom Poor Bear. "Common sense would tell you buffalo cannot live in the Badlands," says Poor Bear, "Buffalo would not survive because of lack of grass. There's no water." There's fear on the Reservation about what will happen to people living in the Red Shirt Table area. A local reverend, Robert Two Bulls, has even filed an injunction to stop the park. "People don't want to sell. In the words of Crazy Horse, 'you do not sell the land your people are buried on.' My mother is buried at Red Shirt Table. I don't want a bunch of tourists trampling around my mother's grave," said Poor Bear. Poor Bear is also concerned about the people working the land, "Our Tribal ranchers are going to be affected by this park." Brewer says the only people who will be impacted are ranchers who lease Tribal lands to run cattle. And contrary to rumors, no one living in the Red Shirt Table community will be forced from their homes. "Only Tribal land will be used. No other land. But there are a lot of myths out there that we're going to take people's land away from them and use it for the park and that is not true," said Brewer. Brewer says alternate land will be provided for the ranchers, and on top of that, the Tribe will pay the first year's lease. But he does have sympathy for those who feel invested in the land, "It belongs to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, but they feel they are part of that land and after all these years, you can't blame them." The historic bad blood between the Oglala Sioux Tribe and federal government leads to concerns any time a partnership is proposed. And the idea of losing more land - even theoretically - is more than many Tribal members can bear.
The public has until June 6 to weigh in on the Tribal National Park proposed for the South Unit of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Affected ranchers are against it. Residents of the Pass Creek District are against it. Members of the Red Shirt Community are against it. The Great Sioux Nation Treaty Council, which is something like a group of advisors to the various tribal governments, is against it.
PINE RIDGE | A crowd of about 70 gathered Monday at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge for a public comment session on the proposed national park on the South Unit of Badlands National Park. The idea was simple: People would show up and write down their thoughts on the proposal for later review by the National Park Service. But after grabbing soup at a food line outside the back door of the hall, the crowd sat in the bleachers and soon one person arrived with a small public address system — and then the real public commenting began. "Once your signature's on that piece of paper, they've consulted you," said Tom Poor Bear, one of several speakers. "This is a national park, not a tribal park," said Bernie Shot With Arrow, a tribal council member who represents the Medicine Root District. "This is a land grab by the federal government," said Bud May, who owns land that falls within the proposed park's feasibility study. The speakers condemned the proposal, the National Park Service, or Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer. The public input session is one of several arranged by the National Park Service this week to gather opinions on the proposed park, which would force some tribal members off their lands to make way for the project. To be held at locations around the reservation, as well as in Rapid City, the sessions are supposed to allow tribal members to write down their thoughts on the proposal. The dissent comes a week after OST Chief Judge Mary Wynne set aside time for a trial in July to consider two petitions from tribal land owners seeking to stop the tribal council from canceling grazing leases and expanding the Badlands South Unit by condemnation. Those petitions name all 19 members of the tribal council as defendants.