Although I empathize with the native americans and share their blood, I also know that what is going on here is just another sob story attempt to play
on emotions and solicit funds from the gulllible and unknowing.
If my Cheyenne neighbor lives in a land of beauty and plentiful resources of game which I covet and if I kill my neighbor or drive him from his
ancestral home by force, then claim his land as my own, does that make it right for me to then claim the newly acquired land that I have stolen from
my neighbor as sacred? I like the new land that I have stolen from my neighbor and my people thrive there. The tribal elders recite history that
came to them in "dreams" but does that make the land sacred to us as the new userpers?
What of the previous owners, The Cheyenne who were driven out of the Black Hills and environs by the Sioux? Do the Sioux not owe them reparations
for having killed their people and driven them from their homeland? What of the Kiowa and related tribes from whom the land had been previously
stolen? Do they not also deserve reparations?
The Black Hills is indeed a land of beauty and plenty, but it can hardly be any more "sacred" to one bunch of thieves than it was to those from
which it was stolen previously. Should not the previous owners (Cheyenne, Kiowa etc. etc.) be entitled to the sympathy of the public rather than the
Sioux who are recent thieves who in turn have had the land taken from them by the government? Where does the circle end?
Although I don't have a lot of faith in Wikipedia, it is a convenient source to cite for an excerpt on Siouxian history regarding the Black Hills.
After 1720, the Lakota branch of the Seven Council Fires split into two major sects, the Saône who moved to the Lake Traverse area on the South
Dakota–North Dakota–Minnesota border, and the Oglala-Sicangu who occupied the James River valley. By about 1750, however, the Saône had moved to
the east bank of the Missouri River, followed 10 years later by the Oglala and Brulé (Sicangu).
The large and powerful Arikara, Mandan, and Hidatsa villages had long prevented the Lakota from crossing the Missouri. However, the great smallpox
epidemic of 1772–1780 destroyed three-quarters of these tribes. The Lakota crossed the river into the drier, short-grass prairies of the High
Plains. These newcomers were the Saône, well-mounted and increasingly confident, who spread out quickly. In 1765, a Saône exploring and raiding
party led by Chief Standing Bear discovered the Black Hills (the Paha Sapa), then the territory of the Cheyenne. Ten years later, the Oglala and
Brulé also crossed the river. In 1776, the Lakota defeated the Cheyenne, who had earlier taken the region from the Kiowa. The
Cheyenne then moved west to the Powder River country, and the Lakota made the Black Hills their home.