Report of Lakota Student Alliance:

Emergency Meeting Held
to Consider Impact of

SD Wildlife Mitigation Bill
in 1998 Appropriations

Porcupine SD (2-23-99)

"We are an unwilling party to the SD Wildlife Mitigation Act",
said Emily Koenan of the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Koenan, a resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation joined
40 or so concerned Oglala Lakota Peoplesin what was
described as an emergency Meeting regarding one of
most anti-Indian pieces of legislation in SD History. 

The Oglala Lakota delegation gathered Feb. 23, 1999
at a community building in Porcupine SD to discuss
the detrimental effects of a bill which was attached onto
a US Senate Omnibus Appropriations Act in the fall of 1998.
The Lakota describe the bill as the "Janklow/Daschle Bill"
as it was allegedly authored by SD Governor William Janklow
and SD Senator Tom Daschle.

Janklow/Daschle bill opponent Darwin Apple of Manderson
recalled the historic anti-Indian sentiment of
earlier South Dakota. Apple pointed out the historic
"Divide and Conquer tactics of the past century"
including the 1889 act to divide the Great Sioux Nation.
Apple cited the Janklow/Daschle bill as
being another piece of legislation intended to
divide the Great Sioux Nation once more.

The main concern for the Oglala Lakota is that the
legislation transfers 200,000 acres of lands
they say belong under the Ft. Laramie Treaty
of 1868, to the state of South Dakota
in exchange for monetary compensation
to the Cheyenne River and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes.
The Lakota say that signatory tribes of the
1868 treaty [Great Sioux Nation] were never
consulted with in the drafting of this bill.
But Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal chairman
Greg Bourland contested the Oglala Lakota claims,
telling the Black Hills Great Sioux Nation
Treaty Council in an April 1998 gathering,
that Cheyenne River and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes
were consulted and supported the legislation.

After the legislation was killed in the US House in 1998,
Bourland retreated his support from
the Janklow/Daschle Bill, by then it was too late.
During the Fall 1998 Senate, Daschle attached
the bill as a rider to the Omnibus appropriations act.
Oglala Lakota Treaty council member

Johnson Holy Rock called it a
"Unilateral Legalized Theft of Land" at
Tuesday's meeting.

The Land Transfer was scheduled for July 1999.
But according to the Black Hills Sioux Nation
Treaty Council, the transfer date has been
moved up to March 1999.
Oglala Lakota delegates say the quickness in
the land transfer is suspect and now have called
for an immediate council in the Black Hills.

The Land in Question involves 200,000 acres
surrounding the Oahe Reservoir in Northern S.D.
The Sioux Tribes opposing the transfer assert
their agreement with the Army Corp of Engineers
which guarantees the return of the lands
to the Great Sioux Nation. Tribes opposed to the
land transfer include Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,
Oglala Sioux Tribe, Santee Sioux, Yankton Sioux,
Rosebud Sioux and Crow Creek Sioux.

The BHSNTC has announced March 3-5, 1999
as the date for a Treaty Council Hearing in Rapid City SD
at the Civic Center Alpine Room.

If you have a personal or group position
on the Land issue, submissions can be made to:
Shawn Perkins
OST 5th Members office
(605) 867-5821.

Announcers will be R. Milo Yellow Hair, and Mel Lone Hill


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