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UN official recommends US return Mt. Rushmore to tribe

What if you came home one day and found someone else living in your house?

In Texas, there’s a law that allows squatters to take over abandoned property for little next to nothing. It’s called Adverse Possession.

But what happens if your land happens to be a large portion of the United States, and the so-called squatters are us.

Well, the United Nations wants Uncle Sam to man up and get out.

James Anaya,  the UN’s Special Rapporteur and outspoken defender of the rights of indigenous peoples says he’ll tell the UN that the United States should return some tribal lands, including the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to the Pine Ridge Reservation of Wounded Knee fame, and, of course, Mount Rushmore.

Anaya said land restoration would help bring about reconciliation. He says it can be done in a way that is not divisive ‘so that the Black Hills, for example, isn’t just a reminder of the subordination and domination of indigenous peoples in (the United States).’

The Black Hills is public land, but also considered sacred by the Sioux. Uncle Sam returned the Black Hills and other lands to the Sioux in an 1868 treaty, but took them back in 1877. The Sioux have refused to accept money awarded in a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Anaya said he met with tribes in Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, South Dakota and Oklahoma both on reservations and in urban areas.

‘In all my consultations with indigenous peoples in the places I visited it was impressed upon me that the sense of loss, alienation and indignity is pervasive throughout Indian Country,’ Anaya said.

‘It is evident that there have still not been adequate measures of reconciliation to overcome the persistent legacies of the history of oppression and that there is still much healing that needs to be done,’ he said.


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This entry was posted on May 14, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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