I see that the usual media suspects are whipping up indignation about Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills. It’s bizarre. Hillary, President Obama, and Biden all went to Mt. Rushmore, and the media fawned over them.
But now that President Trump has had the audacity to go there, the media is all full of righteous indignation about the statues desecrating the “historical sacred lands” of the Lakota Sioux, and lots of screaming about “stolen lands”.
So let’s take a look at stolen lands, shall we? Here’s a short history of the ownership of the Black Hills as far back as we know it:
The first wave of Asian immigrants came to North America maybe fifteen or twenty thousand years ago.
The second wave of Asian immigrants, known as the Clovis people, drove out and eventually exterminated the First Asian Immigrants.
Then the third wave of Asian immigrants, laughably called “Native” Americans, came in and stole the turf from the Clovis people, wiped them out, and took all of their lands.
Around the year 1100, the Arikara Tribe was living in the Black Hills.
Since then, the Crow stole the Black Hills from the Arikara.
Then the Pawnee stole the Black Hills from the Crow.
Then the Kiowa stole the Black Hills from the Pawnee.
Then the Cheyenne stole the Black Hills from the Kiowa.
Then around 1776, same time as the US was born, the Lakota Sioux stole the Black Hills from the Cheyenne. This is the turf that they proudly declaim is their “historical sacred land” … funny how they never mention how they sacredly killed the Cheyenne to sacredly steal from them the Lakota’s precious historical sacred land …
Then the melanin-deficient immigrants stole the Black Hills from the Lakota Sioux. Mostly, they did it by trickery rather than force. Once the two sides fought to a standstill, they signed a Peace Treaty. The melanin-deficient immigrants simply ignored the Treaty between the US and the Lakota, and moved in and took the land piece by piece.
However, unlike every group before them, the melanin-deficient immigrants gave their defeated enemies land on which they could continue to have their own leaders and practice their own customs and live under their own laws. Nobody in North America had EVER done that before, there are no Clovis reservations where they practice their Clovian ways …
And since we live in a society of laws and not men, here’s the curious end to the story. The Sioux brought suit to force the US to live up to the Peace Treaty regarding the Black Hills. It went all the way to the Supreme Court.
The court made a curious ruling in 1980, which was basically, we can’t give the Lakota back the land, it wouldn’t be fair to the current owners who bought it trusting that it was legal to buy it.
However, the Lakota are right about the claim, the land was taken illegally in 1877. So since at this late date the US is unable to return the land, the US has to pay the Lakota about $105 million for the land. This was calculated as the value of the land as of the 1877 date when the land was taken, which was $17.1 million. To that was added the value of gold prospectors illegally took out of the land, computed at $450,000, and 100 years’ worth of interest at 5% per year which would be an additional $88 million.
And true to our word this time at least, the US ponied up the money.
However, the Lakota said no thanks, they wanted the land, so they refused the money. The money was placed in escrow until this very day, and it is currently worth over a billion dollars … and the battle continues.
Me, I figure if I wanted some land and someone offered me big bucks instead, I’d simply take the money and buy the frickin’ land. And that’s especially true since the case has gone all the way to the Supremes and they will NEVER get the land back other than by buying it back … but hey, that’s just me …
Anyhow, can we stop the nonsense about “stolen lands”? Every square inch of the US has been stolen, over and over, since time immemorial. When the Lakota agree to give the Black Hills back to the Cheyenne people that they stole the Black Hills from, I’d be willing to agree to give the Black Hills back to the Lakota.
Because until then, regardless of whether they decide to spend it or not, THE LAKOTA HAVE BEEN GIVEN OVER A BILLION DOLLARS FOR LAND THAT THEY STOLE!
Can the left please stop whining about the Black Hills being “stolen lands” now?
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