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Send public comments to support Oglala Lakota women's effort to reclaim the land management of Badlands National Park

The map shows that the South Unit of Badlands National Park is located in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

As a part of my project: "If She Can Do It, You Can Too: Empowering Women Through Outdoor Role Models," I have been documenting Native American women activists in the national parks in the United States for last three months. My most recent work profiled voices of Oglala Lakota women for the South Unit of Badlands National Park's new management plan in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. The South Unit of Badlands National Park has always belong to the Oglala Lakota nation. However, in 1942, the US government confiscated the land to establish the Badlands Aerial Gunnery Range for bombing practice.

Oglala Lakota women are raising their voices for the best management option(s) for well-being of their people, future and environment. From the interviews, I produced a short video: Hear Us | Voices of Oglala Lakota Women for Badlands National Park, to educate people about the brief history of the land, their opinions and our role to be a part of this change.

Please watch this short video today and join me for sending public comments to Badlands National Park to support bringing the land management back to Oglala Lakota people in Badlands National Park. The public comment period ends on October 19th, 2010. Follow this link to see sample comments for you to edit, copy and paste into the public comment page.

Thank you everyone!

Unexploded bombs still remain in the South Unit, leaving an evidence of genocide behind!
Doris and other Oglala Lakota women are raising their voices to bring the management back to the tribe.
The buffalo were massacred by the government in late 1800s to weaken prairie's Indians. Women said "If we regain the management of the South Unit, it is possible to bring the buffalo back to the area to restore our way of life and health of our people."


Corrinne T.'s picture

Bad Lands

Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention!!!

All respect to the Earth and to First Nations.

Do you have any updates since you made your film?

In solidarity,

Corrinne Theodoru

mihoaida's picture

Not yet..

Hi Corrinne,

thank you for checking this out. I have not heard anything from the park yet. everything takes such a long time for them to do things. I will update whatever the decision they make in the future.


Miho Aida

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