Crow Creek: Stolen Lands,
Wind Farms and Taking a Stand
for the People
South Dakota: The United States continues to violate centuries of Indian treaties and the their obligation to honor them. The most recent case is on the Crow Creek Reservation established in the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. The Reservation includes 125,591 acres.
On December 3, 2009 the Internal
Revenue Service unlawfully
auctioned off 7112 acres located
on Crow Creek Sioux Tribal lands.
The land is owned by Crow Creek
Tribal Farms, Inc. a Tribal
corporation and distinct legal
entity from the Crow Creek Sioux
The Crow Creek tribe filed a
motion for a temporary
restraining order. The document
blames the Bureau of Indian
Affairs and an error in their
tax advice. The BIA had told the
Tribe that, as a federally
recognized Tribe, Crow Creek did not
have to pay federal employment
Chairman Brandon Sazue says that the IRS
has seized the personal income
taxes of every tribal council
member elected since this
occurred. Because so much money
is owed, he doubts the council
will ever see tax refunds again.
The Tribe has 180 days from the
date of seizure to buy their
land back, with an additional
penalty of 20% interest.
“No Trespassing” signs have been posted around the perimeter of the seized property, warning the IRS and other agencies to keep out. Signs were prepared with prayer ties in all four colors.
Sazue invites supporters from all nations to join him in a show of solidarity and support. Many have already responded to his call.
can do:. http://www.can-do.org/crowCreek.php
Backgrounds: Robert Kaufman Fabrics: http://www.robertkaufman.com/
NATIVE VILLAGE website was created for youth,
educators, families, and friends who wish to celebrate the rich,
diverse cultures of The Americas' First Peoples. We offer
readers two monthly publications: NATIVE VILLAGE Youth and
Education News and NATIVE VILLAGE Opportunities and Websites.
Each issue shares today's happenings in Indian country.