The Black Hills Are Not For Sale Paster (Unsigned)

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The Black Hills Are Not For Sale Paster (Unsigned) Print

Year: 2012
Run Size: 1000
Part of Set: none
Size: 24x36
Paper: unknown
Print Type: Offset Lithograph
Release Date: 09/04/2012

This print is unsigned and un-numbered, and it was only available in a kit of 10 folded pasters, which originally retailed for $15. Only 100 kits were sold via, so it is assumed that the run size is 1000. Based on a photograph by Aaron Huey. Proceeds help fund the Pine Ridge Awareness campaign.


I made this image in collaboration with National Geographic Photographer Aaron Huey in support of and their efforts to educate the public about Native American Treaty rights. This is our third project together and was built directly off of the mural we did on the Baracudda wall on Melrose last Fall. See the full installation here. Our first poster project went up in a dozen American cities in 2011.

You can see more of Aaron's 7 year documentary of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the cover story of National Geographic magazine this month and an extended essay on his website.

-Shepard Fairey

Shepard and I made these offset paster kits as a way for people to get involved beyond having a poster on their door, or saving a collectors print. Its time to get your hands dirty. We hope that people will take these kits and make the issue visible in public spaces instead of keeping the image and message in their homes.

Just this past week a large piece of the Black Hills went up for sale ( and is currently being held for a possible back room private sale to avoid controversy (

After more than 150 years of broken treaties the fight for Native rights to sacred lands continues.

Every pack of these pasters that goes out makes the issue more visible, and the money from the sale of these packs will continue to fund the purchase and printing of the message that we must "Honor The Treaties" and "The Black Hills Are Not For Sale."

~Aaron Huey

To hear the whole story check out Aaron's 2010 TED talk on the Lakota and their fight to get back the Black Hills of South Dakota.

A few facts about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:

In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled upon the longest running court case in US History, the United States vs Sioux Nation. The court determined that the treaties with the Sioux had been violated when they were resettled onto P.O.W. camps, and 7 million acres of their land were opened up to prospectors and homesteaders. These camps are now called "reservations".

The grim statistics on Native Reservations today are the equivalent to that of a 3rd world country, revealing the legacy of colonization and treaty violations. Unemployment on the Reservation fluctuates between 80-90%. Many are homeless, and those with homes are packed into rotting buildings with up to 5 families. More than 90% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. The life expectancy for men is 47 years old – roughly the same as Afghanistan and Somalia.

Aaron's ever-evolving Pine Ridge project gives voice to social injustice and a forgotten history. It empowers the Lakota and other tribes who fight for recognition of the past in order to help give them a chance to move forward.

The sales of this print will go directly to pay for a campaign to educate the American public about the issues that face not only the Lakota, but every indigenous tribe in the US. Your involvement will help raise the visibility of these images by paying for printing and advertising that will take the story straight to the public—to city walls, subway tunnels, and billboards, ultimately benefiting grassroots non-profits working on Reservations across the US. Help remind the world that the Lakota and other Native people are still here and demand to be heard. With your help the message will be so loud that it cannot be ignored.

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