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Sioux Tribes buy final piece of sacred Pe' Sla site in western South Dakota's Black Hills


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Sioux tribes have purchased the final 437 acres of a site in western South Dakota's Black Hills that they consider sacred.

The Great Sioux Nation in 2012 raised $9 million with the help of celebrities including P. Diddy and Bette Midler to buy back 1,900 acres of land the tribes call Pe' Sla (pay shlaw) from private landowners who had put it up for sale.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( that the tribes plan to introduce a small herd of buffalo on the land.

An 1868 treaty set aside the Black Hills and other land for the Sioux, but Congress passed a law nine years later seizing the land after the discovery of gold in western South Dakota.

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