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1. A Declaration of Affirmation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 was approved at the April 12, 2008, meeting and is enclosed. The Declaration be available soon in the Lakota language.

2. Copies of the Report given to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination were available at the April meeting but were soon depleted. A list of names was taken for Reports. However, we have been unable to complete the reports until now for a number of reasons. Those who signed up to receive the CERD Report will be receiving their copy shortly.
On another note, the CERD Report is in the process of publication by the University of Nebraska Press. The CERD Report gives a brief history of the Great Sioux Nation, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, and the impact of nuclear radiation on the Region with particular attention to the survival of the Great Sioux Nation. The CERD Report is also available on the Internet on the Defenders website: www.defendblackhills.org/joomla

3. Copies of a preview of the Analysis of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples were also available at the April meeting. The Analysis is still being formatted as it is lengthy but gives the position of the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council and why they are opposed to the final document that was approved by the United Nations. Those who signed up to receive copies will receive them as soon as they are ready.

[Note: As mentioned above, when we send out copies of information, sometimes it is costly. Donations for postage and mailing are always welcome. We have not required postage for any mailing so that anyone wishing to receive information will not be denied.]

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