“They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one – They promised to take our land…and they took it.”
- Chief Red Cloud
“THE BLACK HILLS ARE NOT FOR SALE!” is a common rallying cry for Treaty rights on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
In 1980 The longest running court case in U.S. history, the Sioux Nation v. the United States, was ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court determined that, when the Sioux were resettled onto reservations and seven million acres of their land were opened up to prospectors and homesteaders, the terms of the second Fort Laramie treaty had been violated. The court statedthat the Black Hills were illegally taken and that the initial offering price plus interest should be paid to the Sioux Nation. As payment for the Black Hills, the court awarded only 106 million dollars to the Sioux Nation. The Sioux refused the money with the rallying cry, “The Black Hills are not for sale.”
The United States continues on a daily basis to violate the terms of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties with the Lakota. The call to action I offer today is this: Honor the treaties. Give back the Black Hills. It’s not your business what they do with them.
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Many thanks to Miguel at Barracuda for the wall! And also to Daryl Hannah for spending her day with us and for spreading the word through her network, to Sinuhe Xavier who organized the wall and all prep, rented the lift and brought his amazing assistant Taylor Kent, to Neeta Lind for rallying the Daily KOS community, to Chet Hay for handy mannery, to Daniel Salin for running the pasting show and scissor lift, to Eric Becker and Scott Everett for their epic day of filming, and to the handful of Lakota who came in person to support. And of course to Shepard Fairey for his generous donation of time, art, and money. And to www.Emphas.is crowdfunding for photojournalists!
Photojournalism CAN leave the pages of magazines! You can see it in Los Angeles, CA on Melrose Ave near Fairfax.
Shepard Fairey has (again) generously donated his time, skills, and money to help me make this 20×60 foot wall mural. This last minute wall bonanza is the result of some hard work by L.A. based photographer and activist >>> Sinuhe Xavier. The installation will happen Saturday November 26th at Melrose and Fairfax on the “Barracuda Wall.” If you are in LA this weekend come see us! More updates to come.
The poster campaign I started with Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena is up in a dozen cities. Small, motivated teams have been out pasting in LA, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, NYC, Miami and more:
The screen prints finally arrived for signing, and on Tuesday May 10th Shepard, Ernesto and I all signed our collaborative images. They will now travel to Seattle where I will begin mailing them to their new homes late next week! Thank you Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena for putting so much time and heart into this project. The good news for anyone who missed buying a print, you can still order Ernesto’s prints from me for $50 each plus shipping by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org You can also buy the Shepard Fairey image online tomorrow for only $60, when it will post, and likely sell out, at a random time tomorrow on his website>>>> www.obeygiant.com
The first 5 students were asked to give a sentence to translate into Lakota. Mine was “Please forgive me, I am a journalist.” I then found out there is no word for “please” or “forgive.” They used the equivalent for “forget” in place of “forgive.” HA! PERFECT!
Ernesto Yerena just sent this amazing new image made from one of my Pine Ridge images. All collaborations can be purchased at www.emphas.is
Many thanks to Shepard for generously donating his time. This image is now available as a limited edition signed screenprint (18×24″) through www.Emphas.is Get on it people! This is worth some $$$$
Next week is my last NG Seminar before I begin 4 months of back to back assignment work. Our final date is April 3rd in Minneapolis. (many thanks to Joseph W. Carey for taking this image at our seminar last weekend at the National Geographic HQ in Washington, D.C.)