PIERRE, SD URGENT ACTION: Federal, South Dakota Governments Seeking to Expidite Land Transfer

April 15, 1999

from CPT Staff

The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) encampment learned last night that
the transfer of 200,000 acres of treaty land to South Dakota is being
expedited this week by the representatives of the SD State and Federal
governments. People living on the land in question along the Missouri
River have been approached by the SD State Fish, Game and Parks Dept. and
the Army Corps of Engineers and asked to sell their land over the last
couple days.

Leaders of the encampment fear that the reason given for the buyout --
flood control -- is a pretext for expediting the land transfer. They
speculate that SD Senator Tom Daschle, the South Dakota State government,
the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of the Interior and the Cheyenne
River and Lower Brule Sioux tribes are working in collusion to transfer the
land before the Greater Sioux Nation can challenge the transfer in court.

Under the terms of the 1868 Fort Laramie treaty, the 200,000 acres cannot
be ceded without signatures of three quarters of all adult males of the
seven signatory tribes. The leadership of the Cheyenne River and Lower
Brule tribes have agreed to the transfer of the land in exchange for favors
benefitting only their tribes from the federal government. A significant
percentage of both tribes have opposed the decision made by the leaders and
both tribes have representatives participating in the Oceti Sakowin

Representatives of the Oceti Sakowin have asked CPT's supporters to write
letters or send faxes to the following addresses, demanding that
congressional oversight hearings be held, as required by law, on Title VI
of the 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act--also called the Mitigation Act.
(See previous Urgent Action for more information.) Ask the representatives
to stop any transfer of Treaty land to the state of South Dakota until such
hearings are held.

Members of CPT currently camped on LaFramboise Island with the Oceti
Sakowin will meet with representatives of the state and federal governments
located in Pierre, capital of South Dakota, in the coming week.

Please send letters to:

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
838 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Attn: Patricia Zell or Paul Moorehead
Tel: 202-224-2251
Fax: 202-224-5429

Honorable Ben Nighthorse Campbell,Chairman
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
828 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
attn: Patricia Zell
Tel: 202-224-5852
Fax: 202-224-1933
E-mail: administrator@campbell.senate.gov

The Honorable Tom Daschle (D-SD)
509 Hart Senate Building
US Senate S-221
Washington, DC 20510
Tel. 202-224-2321
E-mail: senator@daschle.senate.gov

Honorable Daniel Inouye, Vice-Chair (D-HI)
U.S. Senate Commmittee on Indian Affairs
722 HSOB
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-3934
Fax: 202-224-6747
E-mail: senator@inouye.senate.gov

Honorable George Miller (D-CA)
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Resources
509 O'Neil Annex House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Attn. Steve Lannich
Tel: 202-225-2095
Fax: 202-225-5609
E-mail: george.miller_pub@mail.house.gov

Honorable Don Young, Chairman (R-AK)
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Resources
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Attn: Tim Glidden
Tel: 202-225-5765
Fax: 202-225-0425
E-mail: don.young@mail.house.gov