According to a release on the LastRealIndians.com website, the August 25 auction “for the acreage called Reynolds Prairie, also known as Pe’ Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners’ representative, according to Brock Auction, Co. Inc.” Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and founding writer Last Real Indians that has been working in the defense of Pe’ Sla says neither the owners, nor the auction company will issue a statement or reason as to why the auction was cancelled to the tribe, himself or to the press. “They are not giving us any reason whatsoever. My wife called the auction company and they would not offer any reason,” said Iron Eyes. “There are not talking to anyone – the Associated Press even tried to find out and called me and asked me the same thing. “Nobody knows what to think, so we don’t know if this is good or bad. We just know it has been pulled off the auction block,” he said. “It’s good because there is no pressure of the auction – but it is bad because they are private sellers, they can sell to anyone they want to. “Our tribal leaders are going to be meeting over the next couple of days to try and figure something out. We are just going to continue to raise money and wait for the next announcement. We are not going to stop raising money,” said Iron Eyes. Alfred Walking Bull, communications specialist of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is but apprehensive. “Right now we are all holding our breath. It is more of a sigh of relief because this puts an end to the auction, which is good, but on the other hand we are still very cautious because this could also mean there is a private sale going on. We are waiting until we get more information. The owners or the auction company has not given a comment.” Walking Bull admitted that though the announcement was a relief, things were hectic as the RoseBud Sioux Tribe was literally in the midst of a tribal council election. “Tonight we are having a council of 20 in which 10 are being elected. In addition, our president and vice president are being elected. “This has taken us all by surprise and we are all just waiting. We are going to wait and see what happens over the next 48 hours. We’re optimistic but we are also very cautious.” According to the LastRealIndians website, “Though Pe’ Sla has been taken off the auction block, the property is publicly listed. In a continuation of efforts the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is continuing fundraising efforts with Iron Eyes to ensure Pe’ Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever.” Brock Auction Company, Inc. was not available for comment to ICTMN. Related articles: James Anaya Urges Consultations on Black Hills Sacred SiteChase Iron Eyes Asks For Help to Save Sacred SiteSupport Is Needed to Save Black Hills Sacred SiteBlack Hills Auction: Saving Pe’ SlaBlack Hills Auction: The Auction of the Sacred
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