Home Meetings Meetings December 21, 2002

December 21, 2002

December 21, 2002

   1. Opening Prayer: Laurette Pourier
   2. Raffle

      Jim Starkey brought a beautiful picture for the raffle and a 100 cup coffee pot for the Defenders. This was the last day of the Lakota Nation Invitational.

      Ellen and Nick volunteered to sell raffle tickets.

      There was no booth as Ellen and Roxanne had other commitments. Ellen sold $37 and Charmaine sold $5 so the Raffle had to be held. ($82 was made on this raffle. The winner was Ed Daly from Albuquerque. It cost $22.10 for the packaging and shipping of the picture, so we netted $62.)

      At the meeting, Jim Starkey recommended that we consider doing a raffle with a lot of advertising and he would donate a larger piece. He thinks Native Voice newspaper would advertise for us as a donation. We could also ask the other newspapers.
   3. Treasurer?s Report

      Brian said we have $703.00.
   4. Discussion about the DC trip and the political situation.

      We still need a Senator to sponsor both bills. Jim Kent has rapport with Tim Johnson and will approach him.
   5. Beaver Park

      Brian talked about the denial and we have 60 days to file appeal. Also about pro bono work for the Defenders, and about challenging hunting rights. (This is all that is in my notes. We need to get it clearer at the next meeting.)
   6. DM&E

      Reply briefs are due on Monday; lawsuit finished in the Spring.
   7. Johnson Private Road Easement (Brian)

      Forest service is saying required by law; is private land; doing a timber sale and wants to build a road; why are they promoting development of the Black Hills; is a goshawk nesting area; Will do a form letter for the group and individuals as needs to be sent in before next meeting. Is scoping comment.
   8. Getting on WBAI in NY

      Jim Starkey talked about getting on WBAI in NY on Thurs. about the
   9. Beaver Park

      Brian mentioned scoping comments. Discussion.
  10. Direct Action Ideas
  11. Discussion

      Decided to meet at 9:00 AM at the next meeting and in the morning discuss direct action; then potluck lunch; then at 1:00 PM the regular meeting.
  12. Closing Prayer

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