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Wounded Knee Landowner Renews Bid to Sell Property

FILE: Wounded Knee Battlefield Burial Site
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux President Bryan Brewer plans to meet Friday with a Rapid City landowner in what could be a last-ditch attempt to avert the public sale of land at one of the most sacred sites on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

KOTA-TV first reported that James Czywczynski is again accepting private bids on a 40-acre parcel in the vicinity of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, after months of negotiations with the tribe.

Czywczynski tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/173PFXP) the land is still available to the tribe, but “it’s kind of like first come, first served now.”

Czywczynski wants $4.9 million for the parcel at Wounded Knee and 40 acres at Porcupine Butte. The tribe says it’s an exorbitant price for the two parcels valued at a total of $14,000.

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