| Back in 1989, Thierry Cintas, a frenchman, contacted Didier Dupont, who is chairman of the French-Lakota society. This group promotes cultural exchange activities, and Cintas had decided to dedicate some of his land in southern France to the Lakota (Sioux) people. Dupont worked for 2 years on the project, combining efforts with Native americans Birgil Kills Straight and Johnny Looking Cloud. Their work paid off in early May of 1991. Birgil Kills Straight and johnny Looking Cloud conducted a Ceremony that drew people of from all over France, in addition to national television, newspaper, and radio coverage. The 20 acres of foothills farmland contains a few houses and the stone fences typical of the region.
Birgil Kills Straight gave it the Lakota name
which means Red Dawn. The land is near the town of Albi; the closest city Toulouse. Meetings and cultural activities will be held there, and a cultural center is planned.