Target: U.S. House Representative Kristi Noem of South Dakota
Goal: Prevent the seizure of tribal lands from the Sioux Indians
The U.S. Department of the Interior is threatening to take the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park away from the Oglala and Lakota Sioux currently living there. The area that comprises the South Unit of Badlands National Park is the target.
According to Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire, if this legislation is passed everyone on the reservation, whether tribal members or not, will have their land taken from them. The government will make an offer to purchase each person’s property; however, if this offer is turned down the land can still be taken by force per eminent domain.
This is a brazen land-grab by the U.S. federal government that cannot be tolerated. The tribe members would lose more than just their land if this legislation passes. Many of these people would lose their grazing allotments on the land, which would mean unemployment for all independent cattle ranchers. Additionally, tribal members will lose their portion of the entrance fees collected at Badlands National Park. Therefore, these people would lose both their land and their livelihood.
By signing the petition below, you will urge South Dakota’s U.S. House Representative to oppose this legislation in the Congress, and to gather as much support for this movement as she can.
Dear Representative Noem,
The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed legislation that would allow the government to acquire the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Badlands National Park away from the Oglala and Lakota Sioux currently living there. If this legislation were to pass, these tribe members would be forced to give up their land to the government. Even if everyone on the reservation refused to leave, the government would still be able to seize the land by force via eminent domain.
Clearly this is just a land grab by the federal government and it must be stopped. As South Dakota’s Representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, I am writing to ask for your help in defeating this greedy legislation.
I urge you to oppose this legislation and allow the Oglala and Lakota Sioux to keep their land and their livelihood. Please use all of your political influence to ensure that this legislation does not pass.
[Your Name Here]
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