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LETTER: Eminent domain likened to broken treaties
It was 155 years ago when the United States signed the Black Hills Treaty of 1868 with the Sioux, indigenous Americans living in the Black Hills since times immemorial. But, backed by the U.S. Army, or hired guns, the land was taken, the treaty broken and the land stolen. U.S. history is littered with treaties with the indigenous peoples of this continent, often with tricky text and clauses that facilitated "legal" acquisition of their lands by the U.S.
Now, with a 21st century twist, "legal" land acquisition is happening in South Dakota once again.
In an effort to build a pipeline and funnel cash into their pockets, corporations are using CO2 pipelines and eminent domain to steal private land. And it’s not for the public good, which is the fundamental principle behind eminent domain, but for private corporate gain. Aided by tricky laws and guarded by hired guns, they call “security,” they and their teams of lawyers with unlimited money are bulldozing landowners into “agreements” and plowing ahead.
Stop eminent domain for private gain.
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