Land buy-back program could bring eco...

Land buy-back program could bring economic boost to the Pine Ridge Reservation

There are 4 comments on the KOTA-TV Rapid City story from Mar 26, 2014, titled Land buy-back program could bring economic boost to the Pine Ridge Reservation. In it, KOTA-TV Rapid City reports that:

A land buy-back program promises to bring a huge economic boost to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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mister sister

Corona, CA

#1 Mar 31, 2014
AS THE keystone comes the LEPRECHAUN ....with his offering.....of a pot of golddd......perfect timing....but read what happened to some of the sioux tribes also with oil.....but of course only a few council mmbers knew... Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege

Native Americans on an oil-rich reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices and the federal government failed in its legal obligation to ensure a fair deal, lawsuits claim. This is a story as old as America itself, given a new twist by fracking and the boom that technology has sparked in North Dakota oil country. Since the late 1800s, the U.S. government has appropriated much of the original tribal lands associated with the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota for railroads and white homesteaders. A devastating blow was delivered when the Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Missouri River in 1953, flooding more than 150,000 acres at the heart of the remaining reservation. Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara were forced out of the fertile valley and up into the arid and barren surrounding hills, where they live now. The rush to get access to oil on tribal lands is part of the oil industry's larger push to secure drilling rights across the United States. Recent estimates show that the U.S. contains vast quantities of oil and gas. As fracking has opened new fields to drilling, and the U.S. has striven to get more of its energy from within its borders, leases from Louisiana to Pennsylvania have been gobbled up. Now the pressure is increasing on one of the last sizeable holdouts -- lands owned by Native Americans.

Blacksburg, VA

#2 Apr 5, 2014
why is it imposible to find out how much the government is offering for indian land

Phoenix, AZ

#3 May 4, 2014
edd wrote:
why is it imposible to find out how much the government is offering for indian land
Buy Back Director Steve Her Many Horses is quoted in the Rapid City Journal:$75 an acre.
part cherokee

United States

#4 Jul 10, 2014
keep your land if you can, you are just borrowing it from your children and grandchildren. That land is your heritage, and legacy. Be proud of who you are.

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