The GPTCA passed this attached resolution to Protect Mato Paha (Bear Butte) on July 10, 2008. Can you please circulate it to your sources. Help is needed to protect our Sacred Sites and Mato Paha!
Mato Paha is a State Park not Federal and the development and encroachment to the Sacred Site is increasing. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Northern Cheyenne have land at the base of Mato Paha, but there is still land not owned by American Indian Tribes and the price of the land has increased tremendously so our Tribes cannot afford to purchase what should be our Land in the first place according to our Treaties.
The Sturgis Rally is starting up in Aug. for two weeks. While many Bikers are respectful, the bars create problems. Drunkenness, lewdness and other disrespectful actions will be happening in the bars which are developing closer and closer to Mato Paha. The County has granted alcohol liscense to the Bars in spite of the Protests of American Indian People and other supporters. Recently, a corporation has purchased majority ownership in the closest Bar to Mato Paha and they are going to have helicopter rides over the Butte. We are informed this Corporation is affiliated or are former Blackwater high clearance mercenaries and have already strong armed some American Indians who were on public land taking pictures.
If you have any ideas to help, please let me know. The Contact person for supporters of Mato Paha is firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact me regarding the Resolution and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association.
A. Gay Kingman, Executive Director
Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
1926 Stirling St.
Rapid City, SD 57702