Despite years of work by Strong Heart with the U.S. Forest Service and Park Service in the Black Hills, Lakota and other Indigenous people are subjected to illegal fees to access unceded Lakota territory, harassment for participating in traditional activities, and racist practices by Forest Service contractors like Forest Recreation Management Inc.
Strong Heart recently visited Lake Pactola and Forest Recreation Management tried to make us pay. WE SAID NO!
Their employee from Michigan ignorantly says Black Hills USED to belong to the Lakota. Somebody needs a history lesson!
This has sparked another meeting with the Forest Service and we are developing a covenant of free use guidelines for Lakota and other Indigenous peoples in Lakota Territory. Stay Tuned!