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The price was set coincidentally at the same time that the tribe was given a $20mil settlement. Doubling the price is greed. Tripling the price is greed. Asking 15x the appraised value is giving a big F U to the natives and forcing them to decide whether or not they want to spend 20% of their settlement on land rather than using it to address needs within their community.

It's legal oppression.

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cplo:

While morally wrong to hold a price tag like that... It isn't oppression. It is being a jerk, asshole or otherwise a greed individual.

I personally hope that whomever buys it, donates it to the Native Americans. Better yet, no one shows up to buy the land and he is forced to sell it to the Native Americans at the market value.

Further I thought that such places were protected lands? (government controlled.)

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Despite being unapologetically white, it's stories like this that really make me wish the natives would band together and go on a scalping spree. I don't feel any guilt about the way that my ancestors oppressed and murdered them. Didn't happen on my watch. But damn if it doesn't get my blood boiling when I see natives (or any other minority for that matter) more or less being legally oppressed today.

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Yeah, what a bargain...

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"I'm getting older now and my family and myself want to dispose of this property," said Czywczynski, 75, who now lives in Rapid City. "We just want to see it in the hands of the Indian people rather than put it on the open market to the public."

LOL. 40 acres @ 7k per acre is $280k. And he wants $4mil? Yeah, sounds like he really wants the Natives to get their land back. Miss Cpl will get a kick out of this one.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One of the country's poorest Native American tribes wants to buy a historically significant piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were killed, but tribal leaders say the nearly $4 million price tag for a property appraised at less than $7,000 is just too much.

James Czywczynski is trying to sell a 40-acre fraction of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The land sits adjacent to a gravesite where about 150 of the 300 Lakota men, women and children killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890 are buried.

Czywczynski, whose family has owned the property since 1968, recently gave the tribe an ultimatum: purchase the land for $3.9 million or he will open up bidding to non-Native Americans. He said he has been trying to sell the land to the tribe for years.

The ultimatum comes right before the tribe is poised to receive about $20 million from the Cobell lawsuit— a $3.4 billion settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit filed over American Indian land royalties mismanaged by the government for more than a century.

"I think it's ridiculous that he's putting a price on it like that," said Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, a tribal council representative from the Wounded Knee district, who thinks Czywczynski is putting pressure on the tribe because of the impending money. "We need to come down to earth and be realistic. We're not rich. We're not a rich tribe."

Czywczynski insists the site's historical significance adds value.

"I'm getting older now and my family and myself want to dispose of this property," said Czywczynski, 75, who now lives in Rapid City. "We just want to see it in the hands of the Indian people rather than put it on the open market to the public."

Craig Dillon, a tribal council member on the Land Committee, said he would like to see the tribe buy the land at Wounded Knee because then they could build a museum commemorating the massacre with artifacts, food vendors and a place for local artists to sell their art to visitors.

"But with the price the way it is, I don't think the tribe could ever buy it," Dillon said.

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