A United Nations fact finder surveying conditions of Native Americans and Alaska Natives says he will recommend in his report that some of their lands are returned.
James Anaya has been meeting with tribal leaders, the administration and Senate members over 12 days to assess U.S. compliance with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He plans several suggestions in his report, likely due out this fall.
Anaya says land restoration would help bring about reconciliation. He named the Black Hills of South Dakota as an example. The hills are public land but are considered sacred land by Native Americans.
President Barack Obama endorsed the declaration in 2010, reversing a previous U.S. vote against it. It is intended to protect the rights of 370 million native peoples worldwide.A loop just now through Upper Spearfish Creek revealed extensive infiltration by the Western Spruce Budworm in Black Hills Spruce.
My guess? Vehicles brought the insect from other western states: ATVs, logging equipment...take your pick. Doesn't matter: water is being sucked from aquifer recharge zones then transpired into thin air in quantities that defy imagination leaving the Ponderosa pine monoculture even more vulnerable to anthropogenic climate warming.
Wakan Tanka: please, have mercy on us.