1979 – Sioux Indians were awarded $105 million in compensation for the U.S. seizure in 1877 of their Black Hills in South Dakota

Compensation for Land Seizure The case that was before the High Court was brought by the Oglala Sioux in July 1980, several weeks after the Supreme Court resolved an earlier lawsuit by awarding all eight Sioux tribes $105 million as compensation for the Federal Government’s seizure of the Black Hills through an act of Congress in 1877.