A Short Inquiry into Pe’ Sla: History, Public Policy, and Moral Imagination
By Frank Pommersheim
In 2012, several Lakota tribes, including Rosebud, Crow Creek, Standing Rock, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux of Minnesota purchased a 2,400 acre ranch on the open market. The purchase price was about $9 million dollars. The land is located within the western part of South Dakota in a rural portion of Pennington County.
The land is also located within the sacred Black Hills and the historical Great Sioux Nation as recognized in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. The Lakota name for this area is Pe’ Sla or the ‘Heart of All That Is.’ Tribal plans for the land include historical, cultural, and religious activities, as well as sustainable buffalo ranching.
The Tribal path best suited to these cultural, spiritual, and economic activities involves placing this land into ‘trust’ status. This process is authorized by…
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