With a bill already before Congress that would allow the Department of the Interior to offer a payment to residents on Oglala and Lakota Sioux reservations, reports indicate the National Parks Service wants to turn much of the Pine Ridge region into a Tribal National Park. The name, however, is just that, as Native Americans – and affected non-tribal residents – will have no stake in the property.
Should locals refuse whatever sum the federal government decides to offer, it can reportedly then seize the property by force through eminent domain laws.
Radio host Lory Storm cited the significance of what is becoming a concerted effort to oppose the federal land grab.
“It will be the first time in the history of our country that the cowboys and Indians pose a united front against a federal government that is used to winning battles by first dividing and then conquering.”
Others pointed out the absurdity of media outlets devoting significant coverage to the ostensibly offensive ‘Washington Redskins’ moniker while ignoring this legitimate assault on Native Americans.
I can’t believe nobody is reporting the Pine Ridge land grab. It’s way more offensive than NFL helmet logos.
— Free Shrugs (@wwwesty) June 26, 2014