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The Black Hills local paper of record, the Rapid City Journal, has published a profile of a friend of mine, Mother Linda Kramer, lives in the Heart of the Black Hills and has been working to preserve it for years. (Protecting "a gift from God," Episcopal priest works for prairie preservation, RC Journal, 9/16/2012) Kramer lives and works at Borderlands Ranch a working farm and spiritual center in the heart of the Pe' Sla.

The piece also has more background on what is currently happening up there on the ground.

Kramer is doing what she can to help preserve [the sacred lands]. As a non-Native involved in sensitive Native issues, Kramer knows she is open to criticism from both sides. But she counts on her many Native friends and mentors, who have urged her to carry on with her work, for guidance. And she gets essential support from her Borderlands board of directors, which includes Native and non-Native members.
The acquisition of the Reynolds Prairie land may open up possibilities to preserve even more of this beautiful place.
"I'm totally working with the understanding that this is a sacred site, like a cathedral or, more than that, the holy land of the Lakotas and others," Kramer said. "And I'm also a priest. And part of my responsibility as a priest is to protect places of worship. If we destroy Pe' Sla, we destroy a gift from God."
Google Map of the Pe' Sla, Borderlands, and the Reynolds Ranch

The bow-tie shaped tract in the center of the image above is the original Borderlands Ranch. The purple area just north of it is an adjoining tract that Borderslands purchased in 2007. The much larger area north of that is the area of land currently in negotiation between the Reynolds family and the Sioux. The large pale orange area is the main high plain that composes the Pe' Sla.
Google map here.

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  •  Aren't these the folks who (3+ / 0-)
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    Oke, Aji, no way lack of brain

    charge something like $1500-2000 for a weekend retreat of some hybrid of faux-NDN/"Celtic shamanism" spiritual . . . something or other?

    And wondering why they just don't joint with lastrealindians on that fundraiser.

    Helping a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation,Okiciyap." ><"

    by betson08 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:15:58 PM PDT

    •  True, white pilgrims do sojourn (0+ / 0-)

      at Borderlands, but it is a serious and quiet place where both whites and Natives are welcome. If you ever get to visit Mother Linda, I think your doubts would quick evaporate. Being between two worlds, she does recognize that she is open to criticism from both sides. But without her efforts, and the many efforts of others, this area would have been McMansioned a long time ago.

      To help answer your question, I posted a google map on the post that shows the land that Borderlands has control of (they are struggling to keep up the mortgage payments on the land directly north of the rancy) and the very large area around it that lastrealindians is working to purchase from the Reynolds this fall.

      •  So again, as betson asks: why not join together? (2+ / 0-)
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        Aji, betson08

        A map does not answer that question.

        It's your victories that give you your confidence but it's your setbacks that give you your character. -Van Jones

        by Oke on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:40:52 PM PDT

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        •  I can't speak for Rev Kramer or the Borderlands (1+ / 0-)
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          board, but I am aware that they are doing what they can to keep their own financial house in order so they can be good stewards of the tracts they have control over.

          My observations are that Borderlands has been a good neighbor and advocate for preservation, and that their presence on the ground has been an important factor in the way things are gone. I'm convinced that without their work, the County would have paved the place a long time ago. (The County still really really wants to pave the road, which would put a lot more development pressure on the area.)

          I don't know if they has been involved in the Reynolds land dealings, but I have no doubt they have been a positive influence on the ground.

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