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March 20, 2004

March 20, 2004

Defenders of the Black Hills special Planning Meeting March, 20, 2004

Opening Prayer: Marie Lange


1.) Questionnaire - Candidate Forum: There was much discussion about the Candidate Forum for the candidates for federal office. Copies of the draft questionnaire were available, studied and changes made. Charmaine will finalize the questionnaire which will be sent with the Invitations, and written responses are requested.

2.) Agenda/Format for Candidate Forum:

a.) Date, time and place: Saturday, May 1, from 1-4 p.m. is the date and time decided for the Forum to be followed by a feed for approximately 200 people. The Mother Butler Center was suggested as a possible site and Charmaine will finalize.

b.) Federal candidates will be invited, and include: Tom Daschle, John Thune, and Tim Giago for the Senate; Stephanie Herseth and Larry Diedrich for the House. The speaking order will be decided by a draw.

c.) Panel: In order to provide for an orderly question-answer period, a panel of representatives from Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Lower Brule and Crow Creek will be invited to participate in a panel discussion with the candidates. The panel will also be available to receive
and ask questions for members of the audience so it can be an orderly process.

d.) Moderator for the forum will be Charmaine White Face.

e.) Other details such as seating arrangements, singers, sound etc. were also discussed and will be finalized at another special planning meeting on April 10 at the church in Rapid City.

3.) Bear Butte May 29-30 Planning Committee meeting date is April 10, 1-5 p.m. at St. Isaac Jogues coffee room in Rapid City.

4.) Office: Discussion on the need for an office. (Since the meeting, an office within our budget has been found and we plan on moving in on April 1. We will be accepting donations of office equipment, and will need help to set up the office. Specific office needs will be announced soon.

5.) Other Announcements:

a.)Charmaine gave a brief report about the contacts she made to the Sacred Places conference in Monterrey, CA. She gave a presentation on the destruction of sacred places in the Black Hills.

b.) Jesse Taken Alive reported on a meeting regarding the Programmatic Agreement on the Missouri River and the Army Corps of Engineers. Copies of Standing Rock's position were made available.

c.) Charmaine reported that a 2006 World Conference on Water is being planned in Mexico. The Hopi in Arizona are planning on sending runners who will leave Arizona in March and asked if the northern tribes would also consider sending runners. Brief discussion. For further information see

d.) The Bear Butte Forum will have their annual meeting Sat., May 1st, 8:30-12:00 noon at the Sturgis Community Center located at 1401 Lazelle St. Sponsored by SD Dept.of GF&P, the Forum is an opportunity to get an update about Bear Butte and to share ideas for improvements. Written comments may be sent to:
Attn: Bear Butte Forum
Department of Game, Fish and Park
Foss Building
523 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

e.) Marv Kammerer reported that a Federal hearing regarding media reform will be held in Rapid City on May 26. For more information go to prometheusradio.org or mediareform.net/townmeeting

6. Next Meeting: The Regular March meeting will be held Sat., March 27, 2004, at the Si Tanka University Campus Center in the Cultural Center, Huron, SD. The meeting times are 1-5:00 PM. The Cultural Center is located on the Northeast side of the Campus Center building, 333-9th St., the corner
of Ohio and 9th. A slide presentation of the effects of logging on the Black Hills will be presented by Brian. Other activities will be discussed. A potluck meal will be held following the meeting at 5:15. For information about the meeting in Huron contact Pansy Hawk Wing at 1-800-710-7159-3-2503.

Closing Prayer: Jesse Taken Alive

Potluck meal.

Submitted by Nancy Kile, Secretary
Concurred by Charmaine White Face, Coordinator

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