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Support the Recovery of Pe' Sla

Support the Return of the Buffalo at Pe’ Sla 

In April 2015, the buffalo returned to the these Native American sacred lands in the Black Hills of South Dakota after 120 years. Donated to the Oceti Sakowin by the Intertribal Bison Cooperative, these excess buffs from Theodore Roosevelt Park are temporarily being housed in a small corral and are used to roaming bigger areas.

The tribes of the Oceti Sakowin need $150,000 for fencing and water facilities. Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, helped the tribes raise the funds to save Pe’ Sla sacred land from development and is now helping raise funds to free the buffalo at Pe’ Sla. 

The buffalo, the land, and the Tribes have a long history and relationship with each other. The Tribes are taking care of this sacred land by bringing the buffalo back and restoring the natural balance here.

You can help return the buffalo to roam free and heal the lands at Pe’ Sla sacred site in the Black Hills.

Pilameya! Thank you!

The Fight to Save Pe’ Sla 

The Black HillsIn December 2014, four Tribes of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) purchased 437 acres of Pe’ Sla, a high mountain prairie in the Black Hills that is sacred to the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Tribes. Pe’ Sla means “The Heart of Everything” and is central to the Oceti Sakowin traditional star knowledge and understanding of our place in the universe.

The Black Hills, including the sacred site of Pe’ Sla, were reserved for the exclusive use and occupation by the Oceti Sakowin by the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 with the U.S. government. But once gold was found in the Black Hills the U.S. illegally seized the lands despite the treaty agreement. The U.S. government has yet to give these lands back to the Tribes. Even though the gold is gone, the Hills still hold great natural, cultural and spiritual value. 

In 2012, the first 1,900 acres of these sacred lands were put on the auction block. The Oceti Sakowin Nations, assisted by the ILTF and Last Real Indians, raised enough funds to buy much of Pe’ Sla. The owners who put the original 1,900 acres up for auction did not plan to sell the remaining acreage of their home ranch. However, two years later, plans changed and the Tribes had to rush to save the Pe’ Sla sacred site once again. 

This key parcel of the culturally-significant property was reacquired in December 2014, but the Tribes had to finance a portion of the purchase. To pay off the loan the Tribes still need to raise $606,000. Plans to honor and preserve the prairie and holy site in various ways include returning buffalo to Pe’ Sla.

You can support the protection of sacred sites like this with a donation to Indian Land Tenure Foundation. Thank you for your support!

See the original Press Release from 2012 or the latest News Coverage for more information.

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