Sioux Indian ancestors want Supreme Court to grant them promised land in heart of Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- A group of American Indians whose ancestors rescued whites during an 1862 Indian war want to collect on a federal government promise of a 12-square-mile tract in west-central Minnesota.
The six people, seeking the land for about 20,000 Mdewakanton Sioux Indians, on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. They have fought the federal government and people who settled the land since 2003, with the high court rejecting earlier requests to consider a related case.
"We are here today to ask the Supreme Court hear our case, please," said Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, the best-known person who brought the case.