PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA – On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Brewer issued the following statement:
“I will not support any resolution that promotes our Tribe receiving any of the money from the Black Hills without the input from the other tribes of the Great Sioux Nation and from our Treaty Council. Our tribal members have passionately said over and over again “THE BLACK HILLS ARE NOT FOR SALE” I fully support out tribal members. THE BLACK HILLS ARE NOT FOR SALE”
This statement was made as a result of a resolution that was put on last Thursday’s Tribal Council meeting agenda. The resolution to approve a Contingent Fee Agreement with the Susman Godfrey Law Firm of Houston, Texas to assist the Oglala Sioux in setting up negotiations with the United State government to mediate outstanding disputes relating to the Black Hill claim. The resolution was procedurally put on the Tribal Council’s agenda for the meeting.
Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice-President Tom Poor Bear chaired the November 7, 2013 Tribal Council meeting as President Brewer was in Washington on tribal business.
No action was taken at the council meeting regarding the Resolution or to accept any money from the Black Hills settlement. The only action taken was to place the item on the agenda.
The Great Plains tribes maintain they were illegally deprived of the land when the US Congress unilaterally violated the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1877 after gold was discovered in the Black Hills. Last year the United Nations issued reports advising the US government to consider returning the Black Hills to the Sioux tribes.