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Pesla (Rochford) Road Project


After the New York Times, a large East Coast newspaper, mentioned Defenders of the Black Hills in an article about the selling of a sacred place, Pe Sla, small donations started trickling in to the organization to help with the purchase of Pe Sla, a sacred place in the Black Hills.

The organization then hosted a Benefit Masquerade Pow Wow, and on Nov. 21, 2012, sent a check to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for $1,520.00 to help with the purchase of Pe Sla.

Although the asking price is $9 million, Defenders has held a Prayer Gathering and the Benefit hoping their intentions and prayers will cause the miracle to protect this sacred place. This all volunteer organization brings people together on environmental issues, especially those that hurt places sacred to Native American people.


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