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Yesterday the Associated Press published an article titled “SD tribe faces ultimatum on sale of massacre site.”
The article reads:
A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites — many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier.
The assessed value of the property: less than $14,000. The seller’s asking price: $4.9 million.
Tribal members say the man who owns a piece of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is trying to profit from their suffering. It was there, on Dec. 29, 1890, that 300 Native American men, women and children were killed by the 7th Cavalry in the final battle of the American Indian Wars.
James Czywczynski, whose family has owned the property since 1968, is trying to sell the 40-acre fraction of the historic landmark and another 40-acre parcel for $4.9 million. He had given the Oglala Sioux Tribe until Wednesday to agree to the price, after which he said he’d open it up to outside investors.
Yesterday Amnesty International published a demand to close Guantanamo.
The release by Amnesty International reads:
The situation at Guantanamo is coming to a head.
Desperate for justice, after over a decade of indefinite detention, at least 100 detainees have gone on a massive hunger strike in protest. According to media reports 21 of these detainees are being shackled and force-fed through tubes to keep them alive, against their wishes.
Pressure to close the prison is at an all-time high. Responding to the strike, President Obama reiterated his vow to shutter the facility:
“I don’t want these individuals to die…Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. [It] is contrary to who we are…and it needs to stop.” – President Obama, April 30, 2013
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Amnesty International published a release titled “Maryland Joins Global Trend Against the Death Penalty.”
The release reads:
Maryland has joined the overwhelming global trend towards ending the death penalty, Amnesty International said today after Governor Martin O’Malley signed the abolition of capital punishment into law.
The abolition bill, passed by the state legislature in March 2013, makes Maryland the 18th U.S. state to relinquish use of the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court approved new capital laws in 1976.