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Buying back sacred lands

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    The following is a link to an Indiegogo campaign to help the Lakota Sioux buy back some of their sacred lands before these are opened up for development. With thanks to fashion designer Kambriel for passing it along to me.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/PeSla-LakotaHeartland
    Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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    It doesn't look good for meeting the fundraising goal. Iron Maiden should dig deep into their pockets.

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      No, doesn't look good. Fortunately, with IndieGogo, you have the option of taking whatever money you raise and doing what you can with it--on Kickstarter, by contrast, if it doesn't meet the goal then you get nothing. Unfortunately, they need to meet that goal, and I don't quite know how much land they will be able to buy with what they have so far.
      Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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      • #4
        Update

        So, let's complicate everything with facts:

        -the entire land they would hope to buy is probably going to go for $6 million
        -there are seven(?) independently operating groups at work, here, and one of them already raised $1.1 million
        -some of the other groups probably don't have any financial resources to speak of
        -the land will probably be parceled off, so worst case scenario, they might be able to buy up a third of the land after all this

        I wonder where they could have gotten some celebrity publicity when they need it most.
        Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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          Update 2

          The campaign has been extended 17 days following consultation with other tribes. Also, the UN has started making noises about it and about indigenous rights, as per an aspirational document (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) which Obama supported back in 07.
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            Originally posted by dylerpillar View Post
            The campaign has been extended 17 days following consultation with other tribes. Also, the UN has started making noises about it and about indigenous rights, as per an aspirational document (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) which Obama supported back in 07.
            One may hope for the best but as for the U.N...making noises is what that organisation is best known for and even if Obama wanted to intervene he would probably be met by yet another Republican Party filibuster.Justice for indigenous people everywhere is a hard thing to achieve and that never seems to change.
            Mwana wa simba ni simba

            The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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              Yeah. As the cause profile says on the website, they don't think it's right that anybody owns their land at all, and I suspect they're going the money route just because working within the American system is the last hope they have. Justice as they understand it is something they'll have to compromise about just to keep having access to something that's important to their culture.

              One good thing about the UN making noises is it's got people becoming aware of the cause over in Estonia, opening the door to wider awareness in Europe, so that at least they can draw from as wide a pool of donations as possible. Not that it's nice financial times for most people anywhere, mind.
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