The Rosebud Sioux Tribe
of South Dakota is taking a cautious approach after an auction for a sacred site in the Black Hills was canceled unexpectedly on Thursday.
The tribe allocated $1.3 million to bid on Pe’ Sla. Lakota activists at LastRealIndians
raised an additional $250,000 over the Internet to contribute to the campaign.
But amid heightened media scrutiny, Brock Auction Company
pulled the sale of about 1,943 acres. No explanation was provided so the tribe doesn't know what might be happening behind the scenes.
“Right now we are all holding our breath. It is more of a sigh of relief because this puts an end to the auction, which is good, but on the other hand we are still very cautious because this could also mean there is a private sale going on," Alfred Walking Bull, the communications specialist for the tribe, told Indian Country Today.
The Black Hills was taken from the Sioux Nation, according to a decision from the Indian Claims Commission
The body was not authorized to return the land to the tribes.
A monetary award to compensate the tribes has grown to more than $1 billion, Tim Giago reported in April 2010
The tribes have refused to take the money out of their jointly held trust accounts.
The courts have refused to return the land and Congress has not acted to return the land.
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Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled
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