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Hundreds rally for SD land tribes consider sacred

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of people rallied in support of an effort to buy land in the Black Hills that several Native American tribes consider sacred.

Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation consider the nearly 2,000 acres of privately owned land key to their creation story, and members fear new owners would develop the land they call Pe' Sla (pay shlaw). The tribes have been raising money to try to buy the land.

The media reports that nearly 250 people showed up at a rally on Wednesday in Rapid City to show support for the cause.

Chase Iron Eyes has been leading an online campaign to raise money. He says people from as far away as Russia, France and Egypt have contributed money, mostly in $5, $10 or $20 donations.