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ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council is attempting to bid in the Pe Sla sacred site auction in the Black Hills. The site, also known as the Reynolds Prairie Ranches, which is located between Lead and Hill City, South Dakota, will be up for bidding on August 25.
Pe Sla is Some 200 Miles from the Reservation, Near Rapid City
According to Lakota spiritual tradition, the Morning Star fell to earth, killing seven beings that killed seven women. To honor the fallen, the Morning Star placed the souls of the women into the stars as the Pleiades constellation. The geographic distinction of this tradition is noted as the translation, "Old Baldy," because of the stark contrast from the surrounding hills and trees to an open prairie.
Every year, tribes within the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota nation gather to perform ritual and ceremony as a way to ensure the continued well being of all people.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is among those tribes that send contingents to the site every year. In that spirit, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council voted to act as the conduit to unite all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires of the Nation in this struggle to maintain its deeply rooted traditions.
Pe Sla is some 200 miles from the Rosebud Indian Reservation, near Rapid City, South Dakota.
"Time is pressing," said Alfred Walking Bull, communications specialist for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, to the Native News Network today. "Our tribal chairman is trying to talk to other tribes that may be interested in helping out in saving this site."
The Tribe is working with LastRealIndians.com to accept donations from both tribes and individuals who want to join in keeping religious freedoms for Lakota people alive and intact at Pe Sla.
If you are interested in donating, please send contributions to:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe/Pe Sla
11 Legion Avenue
PO Box 420
Rosebud, South Dakota 57570
posted August 15, 2012 12:57 pm edt