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Summary of the Special Meeting held July 19, 2008

A Special Meeting was held in the coffee room of St. Isaac Jogues Church to discuss a number of new projects that are coming into the Region.

A. The TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline will be traveling from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada through Montana and starting at the Northwestern corner of South Dakota, it will traverse the state in a diagonal line. The pipeline plans on carrying crude oil to Texas. Discussion centered on what can be done and who is already in opposition. This item will again be discussed at the Sept. meeting.

B. Ellsworth Air Force Base has plans on expanding their flight training area. Marvin Kammerer, a local rancher, presented a lot of information to the group and suggested that people call the Congressional delegates requesting the comment period be extended. This item will also be discussed at the Sept. meeting.

A committee was established regarding reclaiming the Powder River Basin. Garvard Good Plume and L. Elaine Eagle head the committee. Anyone wishing to be a part of that committee should contact either Garvard at xxx-441-1254 or Elaine at xxx-545-3091.
Discussion continued on a new law that is needed for safe decibal levels for humans as is in other nations of the world. Also, if the Air Force plans are approved, the building of large wind generators will be prohibited.
C. A Uranium Strategy Committee was established with Charmaine and Sandy Little. Sandy will contact a funding source so an Anti-Oil, Coal, Uranium Mining Campaign can be implemented. The USA has no regulations or monitoring of radiation in oil, nor regulations on coal-fired power plants for radioactive smoke. No new U mining should be allowed until ALL old open pit U mines are cleaned up, and old exploratory wells filled and marked. Anyone wanting to be on this Committee, please call Charmaine at xxx-399-1868.
D. Further discussion was held on SD Highway Plans, new logging projects in the Black Hills, and comments for the Angostura Recreation Area . (See enclosed)
E. Plans for the Sept. 13 Meeting were discussed. Recommendation was to get a speaker to talk about water issue. A Rapid City Journal article stated that the 5 Major Rivers are Contaminated.

Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests