SIOUX FALLS | The president of a South Dakota tribe facing a deadline on whether to buy a piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were massacred more than a century ago says his tribe does not have the money for the purchase.

The Oglala Sioux faced a Wednesday deadline to buy a 40-acre piece of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Owner James Czywczynski had said if the tribe did not agree to the $4.9 million asking price for that parcel and another parcel, he would open up bidding to outside investors.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer tells The Associated Press the tribe will not purchase the land, which has been appraised at less than $7,000 apiece.

Czywczynski has not responded to calls for comment.

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JUST CURIOUS
JUST CURIOUS

in the words of Hillary Clinton, who is a member of the Dem Party that the Native people tend to support in high numbers - "What does it matter now?" It is all in the past, and it is time to move on. I would suggest to the Native people, very respectfully, that they stop taking the "goodies" from the white man, get the heck off the reservation, and start living their lives the way their ancestors intended. As long as they serve the white man by continuing to fall for the lies and deceit, they will never find the peace and prosperity they are looking for....You have been lied to by the same people for centuries...you should recognize false promises when you hear them. I know there is more to it than just this, but it would be a great start. Good luck and God Bless

FlipSide
FlipSide

Easy for Hillary to say. To just forget and forgive all the atrocities that Lakota people had to endure is not so simple. Sorry Hillary, I have to disagree with you whole heartedly.

Roger Cornelius
Roger Cornelius

Has anyone here talked to the heirs of the Gildersleeve family? They were the elderly couple that owned the land and the trading post.

The Gildersleeve children have contended along that the honorable Mr. Czywczynski conned the elderly couple out of the land with outlandish promises he could not keep.

Ironshield34
Ironshield34

This man is wrong and the tribe who you said should pay for it was dick Wilson and his goons plus insurance covered him!! This land was illegally taken anyways I mean what is he doing owning land on the reservation!!

Ironshield34
Ironshield34

No the people who were killed were mniconju Lakota one of the seven bands!! Chief Spotted Elk or big foot as he was labeled was trying to go to pine ridge agency for help from red cloud but was met in porcupine 7 miles north of WK where they were disarmed and camped at wounded knee!!'

nobodyspecial
nobodyspecial

I think gas prices are too high. I think we should protest every gas station in America.

It's a free market system, if the tribe doesn't want to buy it or "can't pay" then someone else should be allowed to purchase it.

If I "can't pay" for gas it's not going to make the paper.

BHHorse
BHHorse

The people who were killed there were Hunkpapa Sioux. Sitting Bull's people who were fleeing to have a ghost dance. So they were Definitely Sioux.

farmer
farmer

Thank you BHHorse for the Info.

farmer
farmer

I was told a story about Wounded Knee by a very old Indian man and he said that most of the people massacred were not even Sioux , But were a band of travelers that were abandoned by the Sioux and that's who were Killed . Has anyone else heard this story ? I'm not saying this is true but I am curious !

trustno1
trustno1

Settle down folks. Just because $4.9mil is being asked doesn't mean that will be the sale price. When it goes on the open market the true value will emerge.

BeenThere2
BeenThere2

Ever heard of an eye for an eye? I think James is justified in showing as much respect for the tribe's demands as he and his family were shown. Where was the tribe when he had to rebuild his home, livelihood and family after its destruction at the hands of the same people.

You've got my support James!!! I don't blame you a bit. The tribe expects to be treated better than they treat others!! That is wrong!

Rock8708
Rock8708

Magaska! Maybe if your people wouldn't have burned down Jim's trading post and his house in 1973 and then not pay for the loss. the price might be negotiable now! DUH!.

Magaska
Magaska

Do your research...He was compensated for his loss..way back then...DUH!

peppermint1900
peppermint1900

Sounds to me like he just wants to get rich quick at someone else's expense. What a sad sad world we live in.

Magaska
Magaska

This man and the perspective buyers ( if they are non-native) needs to understand this is sacred land! and a sacred place! and if they think for one minute they are going to do whatever the wish then they are fools...it dosent matter what the law say's this is where our sacred hoop was broken! and this is where it will be mended!...we will make a stand and fight this and we will win...no matter what..Hoka Hey!


eifeldude
eifeldude

take the money the federal government has in holding for them for the black hills. Use that money to buy up every bit of property that comes available to market. Before too long the tribe will own everything in site.

snowflake
snowflake

Whew! Your article, "... a piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were massacred more than a century ago..." Your caption, "James Czywczynski has said he would sell the land, which sits next to where about 150 of the 300 Lakota men, women and children killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890 are buried, and another piece of land for no less than $4.9 million. ..." and the facts are really far apart! Is the land james wants to sell actually where these people were killed, or near the burial land, or what?

which has been appraised at less than $7,000 apiece. I'll cut you some slack as I'm sure you meant to write per acre, not apiece.

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