Pe’ Sla, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota — known as the heart of creation.
8/30/12: Update (Video):
The Auction that was set for Aug.25, 2012 was cancelled.
The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe’Sla as we can (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States).
They are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of their sacred sites and prevent future roads and industrial development.
Please support their fundraising campaign (see Indie GoGo link).
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION
We call upon US President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and the State of South Dakota, to save this sacred Sioux land by designating it as a historical landmark or nature preserve. Given the history of broken agreements between the Sioux and the US government, we are also raising funds to purchase this land. Yet this sale should never have taken place. Please help return this sacred land to the Lakota Sioux people and to all Tribal Nations which hold Pe’ Sla sacred!
About the land:
Pe’ Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City) that is considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of their creation story. It is a sacred place. They perform certain ceremonies at Pe’ Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony.
This area is currently owned by the Reynolds family. It is likely if sold that the state of South Dakota would put a road directly through Pe’ Sla and open it up for development.
The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe’Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development. Our sacred ways must be protected and passed on to our future generations so that our children may live. This area of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is also home to many plants and animals who should also be protected. In fact, many consider that the area should possibly be a historical site, which would also assist in protecting it from future development as well.
As Lakota people, our ancestors prayed here, at Pe’ Sla, at certain times of year, when the stars aligned. We cannot go elsewhere to pray. We were meant to pray here. This is what they do not understand. Please help the Lakota people.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
—Chief Sitting Bull, 1877
We have a group of young professional Native people that are dedicated to the promotion of education, health, leadership, and sovereignity among our indigenous Nations. Our goal is to assist in any way possible the purchase of Pe’ Sla by a collective effort of the seven bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) – the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people. All proceeds from this campaign will go towards that effort. This area would be open to tribal nations for ceremonial purposes. The plants, animals, water, and air in the area would be respected and honored.
PLEASE DONATE and SAVE THIS LAND
Pe’Sla is where the Morning Star (as a meteor) fell to earth killing a giant bird which had killed seven women; the spirits of the seven women in the sky “Pleiades” or “The Seven Sisters” are there.
(On American maps, this is called, Old Baldy).
Lastrealindians.com is collaborating with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to centralize efforts to save Pe’ Sla.