After years of fearing the sacred lands in the South Dakota Black Hills would be developed, members of the Great Sioux Nation have bought the land outright for $9 million, $900,000 of which was raised online. The land, which the Sioux call Pe'Sla, almost went up for public auction, but local outrage led private holders Leonard and Margaret Reynolds to instead accept the generous $9 million bid from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, with the caveat that the Sioux tribes had only until Nov. 30 to raise the money, which they did with a fundraising effort that included donations from celebs such as Bette Midler. The land was first seized by the government in 1877 after gold was found in the area. [Source]
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