Editor's Note: This story was edited and updated at 10:05 PM July 8, 2016.
ICTMN has received conflicting reports regarding the $3.9-million deal forged between Tim Giago (Lakota) and Wounded Knee and owner Jim Czywczynski.
Stay tuned for further coverage as details are revealed. Additional reporting by David Rooks.
After our initial report that a $3.9-million deal forged between Tim Giago (Lakota) to purchase 40 acres of land at the historic site of Wounded Knee from owner Jim Czywczynski had possibly fallen through due to a press release from the United Urban Warrior Society (UUWS) that presented a petition signed by nearly 6,000 people who opposed the sale - there are now conflicting views as to the deal.
James Swan, representative of the UUWS has said that Giago confirmed to him in an email he would pull out of any purchase of Wounded Knee.
Reached at his office, Giago told ICTMN the report of his departure from the initiative was untrue, and that he remains committed to help raise money to purchase the 40 acres near the burial site.
In a conversation with ICTMN current Wounded Knee owner Jim Czywczynski says that the deal is still in place and that he and Giago met for lunch today to discuss further developments to purchase Wounded Knee to include establishing an additional Indiegogo fundraising site.
“As far as I know, everything is still in place,” Czywczynski told ICTMN.
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The $3.9-million deal forged between Tim Giago (Lakota) to purchase 40 acres of land at the historic site of Wounded Knee and owner Jim Czywczynski has fallen through according to the United Urban Warrior Society, who presented a petition to Giago signed by nearly 6,000 people who oppose the sale.
In a release by the UUWS, organizer James Swan stated he received an email from Giago that read:
“Hi James, I decided to pull out of any purchase of Wounded Knee. I am too old to pursue this any further. I hope you can come up with a better idea.” Tim”
In that release, Swan lauded Giago’s decision:
Big Woplia -- I want to thank each and every one who stood with United Urban Warrior Society, The Wounded Knee Community, the descendants of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre and the 5,798 people who signed the petition to stop this (Deal with the devil) and stop Tim Giago’s plan with the help from Mario Gonzales to solicit $3.8 Million dollars to give to some white guy named James Czywczynski for the purchase of 40-acres located at the South West corner of the Massacre Site. And the future attempt to commercialize and exploit the site by building a tourist attraction there.
In previous interviews, Giago told ICTMN he had hoped to build a museum on the site as well as rebuild the trading post to address several issues that faced the nine tribes in the area. He had created the website www.wounded-knee.com to raise money to raise the 3.9 million dollars.
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