Earlier this year, the man who owns a parcel of land adjacent to the Wounded Knee Massacre Site gave the Oglala Sioux Tribe an ultimatum. Buy it by May 1st - or he would be auctioning it off.
The problem - Jim Czywczynski is asking nearly $4 million for the land - which is assessed at roughly $14,000.
After the Tribe didn't bite, Czywczynski set a second deadline, which was September 2.
Members of the Tribal government do not believe anyone is lined up to buy this piece of land with such a bloody history - contrary to claims Czywczynski has made to various West River news outlets. If he does, Kevin Yellow Bird Steele - a Tribal Council member from the Wounded Knee District - says the new owner will run into the same problems as the current owner.
"He needs to be straight up and fair with whoever's going to buy it. Because I've heard people say that they won't allow any building on it, and as of now, there's an ordinance that there's no building around Wounded Knee," said Yellow Bird Steele.
This summer, actor Johnny Depp made headlines when he expressed interest in buying the land to a London newspaper. Depp never followed up on that claim.
Czywczynski is still hopeful he will sell Wounded Knee for the full asking price. “I hope to, one way or another we are going to get this done.”
KSFY News has reached out to Czywczynski for comment, but have yet to receive a reply.
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