New Mural on Melrose Ave.

December 01, 2011

I had the pleasure of helping my friend and photographer Aaron Huey with a mural on Melrose last weekend. I designed the mural using Aaron’s great photos from the Pine Ridge reservation. There is a lot of great info and images available at the links below. Check it out. Thanks to the folks from Barracuda who were kind enough to offer their wall for a good cause.


Pine RIdge Gallery:
TED talk:

photo by Taylor Kent

“The Black Hills are not for sale!”  is a common rallying cry for Treaty rights on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

In 1980 The longest running court case in U.S. history, the Sioux Nation v. the United States, was ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court determined that, when the Sioux were resettled onto reservations and seven million acres of their land were opened up to prospectors and homesteaders, the terms of the second Fort Laramie treaty had been violated. The court stated that the Black Hills were illegally taken and that the initial offering price plus interest should be paid to the Sioux Nation. As payment for the Black Hills, the court awarded only 106 million dollars to the Sioux Nation. The Sioux refused the money with the rallying cry, “The Black Hills are not for sale.”

Aaron Huey (left) and Shepard Fairey,  photo by Eric Becker

with Darryl Hanna,  photo by Eric Becker

photo by Juan Luis Garcia

The United States continues on a daily basis to violate the terms of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties with the Lakota. The call to action I offer today is this: Honor the treaties.  Give back the Black Hills.  It’s not our business what they do with them.

photo by Eric Becker

My goal is to amplify the voices of my many Lakota friends and family on Pine Ridge, all of whom have advised me on this campaign.

photo by Eric Becker