Defenders of the Black Hills
Uranium Mining Bill
Sioux Nation Treaty Council
Putting on a meeting such as the upcoming Sioux Nation Treaty Council meeting on Nov. 1st is costly. We usually do not ask for financial help from the members of Defenders of the Black Hills (not even a membership fee), but we must do so now. Our coffers are running low so we are not even doing a postal mailing of the announcement, or this request. Please pass on this information to others who might be interested.
As you know, most of the Sioux people in South Dakota live in some of the most impoverished counties in the country. For some of the elders of the Sioux Nation Treaty Council, it is sometimes a hardship to attend a meeting. Therefore, we try to help in whatever way we can to make sure as many elders as possible can attend.
Please, if you can make a donation send it to Treasurer, Defenders of the Black Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709 or online at www.defendblackhills.org
April - 2014 Special Newsletter
Invitation to an Earth Day Media Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Earth Day Media Event to announce the opening of a Campaign for the Clean Up of all the Abandoned Uranium Mines in the United States.
More than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) are located in the United States, primarily in the Western States, and more than 10 million people live within a 50 mile radius of an abandoned uranium mine.
South Dakota has at least 272 abandoned open-pit uranium mines. There are 169 AUMs located in the southwestern Black Hills and 103 in the northwest corner near Buffalo, SD.
The Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 2,000 plus AUMs. The health effects are tremendous.
Defenders of the Black Hills is hosting a site visit for representatives from a number of organizations: Popular Resistance, Indigenous Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace. The Cheyenne River is greatly impacted by AUM’s as are the people of Red Shirt Village, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Signs will be placed near the bridge warning of this radioactive river.
The Event will take place near the Cheyenne River bridge on SD Highway 40 which is 15 miles southeast of Hermosa, SD, beginning at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Plan on arriving at 9:30 and bring your own chairs. A potluck Lunch will follow the event weather permitting. Salads and desserts are needed. Sandwich makings, chips, and water will be provided by Defenders of the Black Hills.