Magnificent Mt Rushmore:
The Lakota Sioux Native American tribe owns the land? But In 1980 the US Govt Paid $15.5 million plus $105 million ...
Why Now are the Sioux Are Refusing $1.3 Billion and wants monument of Mt Rushmore Removed
Aug 24, 2011 · PBS -- The Supreme Court agreed with the Sioux: The land, long since settled, had been taken from them wrongfully, and $102 million was set aside. The tribe does not own the land. More than a century later, the Sioux nation won a victory in court. Currently the nine tribes of the Great Sioux Nation staunchly refuse to accept $1.3 billion from the federal government. The refusal pivots on a feud that dates back to the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, signed by Sioux tribes and Gen. William T. Sherman, that guaranteed the tribes “undisturbed use and occupation” of a swath of land that included the Black Hills, a resource-rich region of western South Dakota.
But in 1877, one year after Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s infamous defeat at the hands of Crazy Horse at Little Bighorn and without the consent of “three-fourths of all adult male Indians” stipulated by the treaty, the government seized the Black Hills, along with their gold, and began profiting from the protected land.
However, on June 30, 1980, in United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians the United States Supreme Court upheld an award of $15.5 million for the market value of the land in 1877, along with 103 years worth of interest at 5 percent, for an additional $105 million.
One key problem: The tribes say the payment is invalid because the land was never for sale and accepting the funds would be tantamount to a sales transaction. Ross Swimmer, former special trustee for American Indians, said the trust fund remains untouched for one reason: “They didn’t want the money. They wanted the Black Hills.”
When Democrat Barry Obama was in the White House on Sep 26, 2016 the US Govt announced a settlement totaling $492.8 million, come at the same time that thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from across the country have joined the Standing Rock Sioux protest in North Dakota. -- Washington Post
Leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls On Obama
Nov 21, 2016 · The American Red Cross is providing shelter and resources to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Protesters stand off with police during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota. -- ABC News
Apparently Obama blocked the pipeline and the Sioux love him! -- Democraticunderground.com
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