This program seeks to create further awareness of the struggles of the Lakota Sioux and the Cheyenne Indians to get the U.S. government to return their sacred land in South Dakota. "Paha Sapa" means "Black Hills" in the Lakota language. The story is told by the tribe's own members, some of whom are descendants of such famous chiefs as Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Black Elk. You will hear Lakota people such as Eddie and Dawn Little Sky, Birgil Kills Straight, Ted Means, Russell Means, Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Ann Marie and Vernal Cross, Sidney Keith and many other Lakota speaking about the return of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

This film has won many awards, including the Gold Apple Award presented in 1994 by the National Education Film and Video Festival and the 1994 Cine Golden Eagle Award. It was also nominated for an Emmy. Produced by Mel Lawrence

In 2012, United Nations Special Rapporteur James Anaya conducted a 12-day tour of Native Americans land, to determine how the United States is faring on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2010. Mr. Anaya met with tribes in seven states on reservations and in urban areas, as well as with members of the Obama administration and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. Anaya tentatively recommended the return of lands to some tribes, including the Black Hills to the Sioux. The total owed to the Lakota is now nearly 2 Billion dollars.

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