Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation hope to buy nearly 2,000 acres in the Black Hills that they call Pe’ Sla. The property is important to their creation story, and tribal members have long held ceremonies there. When the land was put up for sale, tribal members worried it would be developed because of its proximity to Mount Rushmore.
The 1,942 acres of pristine prairie grass is the only sacred site on private land currently outside Sioux control.
The current owners have accepted the tribes’ bid, for $9 million, to purchase the land if they have the funds by November 30th. So far they have raised over 7 million. They need more help and several celebrities have come to their aid.
You can read more about this project, and donate if you so choose, at this link on the Redbud Sioux Tribe page. http://protectpesla.org/
This is momentous, not only because of the purchase of the sacred land, but because this cause has served to bring the Sioux people together in a consolidated effort.