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Mt. Rushmore land should be returned to Native Americantribe

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, May 8, 2012.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Mt. Rushmore land should be returned to Native American tribes, UN official says
    By Claudine Zap |

    The four granite faces of American presidents on Mt. Rushmore could be on land that is returned to native tribes. At least, that is one of the recommendations from a United Nations Commission that some of Native American tribal lands be restored, including the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Mt. Rushmore.
    James Anaya, a U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, completed a fact-finding mission that will include the Black Hills suggestion as part of his assessment of the U.S. compliance with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
    According to the Associated Press:
    The Black Hills, home to Mount Rushmore, are public land but are considered sacred by the Sioux tribes. The Sioux have refused to accept money awarded in a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision and have sought return of the land. The Black Hills and other lands were set aside for the Sioux in an 1868 treaty. But Congress passed a law in 1877 taking the land.
    President Barack Obama endorsed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010, reversing a previous U.S. vote against it. It is intended to protect the rights of 370 million native peoples worldwide. Anaya is the first U.N. special rapporteur on rights of the indigenous to visit the U.S.
    Anaya said the report will likely be delivered to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council in September.
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  2. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    After a few hundred years, I believe you are the new indigenous people. How do you move forward when you are always look back?
  3. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    Does that mean all muslim owned property in France, Britain and Germany must be returned to those of European descent?
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  4. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Hmmm which set of indigenous people... there have been many tribes that used this land?...

    I guess all of South America will be turned over to the Inca, Mayan, and Aztec people next...

    Europe will revert to the Celtic, Angles, Saxons, and Vikings with a smattering of Greek and Romans hanging on the fringes

    And Chel has to give up Australia to the Aboriginies...
  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I never had Australia to "give up" in the first place. Issues regarding native title had been dealt with some thirty years ago with the Mabo decision and subsequent native title legislation enacted in the early 1990's.

    1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 1995

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