More celebs help tribes' push for sacred SD land

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: November 18, 2012
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Miller said the three days he spent in South Dakota learning about the land and the Lakota tribes was life-altering.

"From the moment I arrived to the moment I departed, I was struck repeatedly by an unshakable sensation that this land truly carried something unspeakably important," Miller said in an email interview with The Associated Press. "There is a motion and a beauty out there in those hills that words cannot do justice."

He said the fact that the Lakota tribes have done Sundance ceremonies on the land for thousands of years is a "magical reality," and that America has erased too much of the land's true history.

Sol Guy, whose TV show "4Real" airing on MTV Canada and the National Geographic Channel has taken celebrities such as Cameron Diaz to Peru and Joaquin Phoenix to the Amazon, said he has been busy sharing the information with his various networks to get the word out and is confident the tribes will be successful in raising all the money.

"My first hope is not to demand people to give money," Sol Guy said. "If they can afford it, great. But I think what's more important is that people take it in and learn the history and spread the word and have the conversations about it."

Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who started the online campaign and appeared in the video, said he wants the celebrity endorsements to help raise money, but more than anything, he hopes it will widen the network of people who are thinking about the land and what it means for the tribes.

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