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Indians refusing to leave their camp in Balck Hills

Dakota American Indian Movement leaders and their families refused to leave their camp in the sacred Black Hills in defiance of a Forest Service order to get out by Sept. 8.

In April, 60 Dakota AIM cmapers moved into the 800-acre Black Hills National Forest, sacred to the Lakota Sioux tribe. They were denied permits to build 83 structures there, including a school and ceremonial buildings, on grounds it would disrupt public uses of the Black Hills.

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Habitants of the campt argue that the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty "guarantees the entire Black Hills region as the heart and center of the Lakota Nation forever."

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