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March 27, 2004

March 27, 2004

Defenders of the Black Hills Regular Meeting Notes - March 27, 2004 Si Tanka University, Huron, SD

Opening Prayer: Pansy Hawk Wing

Opening Remarks: Charmaine White Face


Minutes read by Aveleena Feywin

Treasurer's Report: Brian Feb.: $9,500 in Lakota Fund; $3,500 is specifically for the Bear Butte All
Nations meeting; $950 is for wages. Mid-March there was $1,678.19 in the checking account after the Bear Butte gathering expenses.

1. The Effects of Logging in the Black Hills: Presentation by Brian Brademeyer. Discussed need to convert this excellent presentation to Power Point or other format in order to accommodate requests and to be put on the Defenders web site. Need for a transcript / Outline, written form.

2. Discussion of the May 1st Candidate Forum (Federal candidates only). Forum will be held at the Mother Butler Center Arbor, 220 Wright St., Rapid City, SD, from 1-4:00 pm with a feed to follow. Invitations with questionnaires were faxed, and mailed to the candidates by certified mail in order to give the candidates time to respond in writing the the questions. So far only Tim Giago has responded. April 20th is the deadline for written responses from the candidates. The federal candidates are: Tom Daschle, John Thune, and Tim Giago for the Senate; Stephanie Herseth and Larry Diedrich for the House. Candidatesâ?^??^? speaking order will be decided by draw. In order to provide for
an orderly question-answer period, questions will be given by a panel made up of representatives from the reservations. (In case of rain, the event will take place in the MBC hall, but it will only hold 100 people.) Volunteers are needed to lay boughs to create the shade for the arbor. On May 1, volunteers will be needed with parking, to move chairs and tables, help cook for 200, and serve.

3. Other Issues - Open Discussion

April 10th - Special Planning Meeting 1-5 at St. Jogues coffee room regarding: May 1st Candidate Forum to organize volunteers (arrival 10AM), cooks crew (12 Noon begin cooking), and finalize plans. We will also begin a pre-planning strategy for the Bear Butte All Nations Meeting on May 29-30th .

New Office: 919 Main, Rm. 110, Rapid City, SD, in the Dusek Building behind the Federal Building. Moving in on April 1st.

2006 World Conference on Water planned in Mexico. The Hopi in AZ are sending runners. Jesse Taken Alive will notify runners from northern tribes. For more information see: www.blackmesatrust.org
Federal Communications Commission Hearing on Media Reform on May 26th. Requests to general public to come and register their complaints about mainstream media ignoring their needs. See: prometheusradio.org or mediareform.net/townmeeting

Leroy Curley, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who has worked on the Treaty issues for many years, stressed the need to get information out to the media so that everyone would know what is going on. Mentioned his involvement with United Native Nations.

Bryce In the Woods, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, reported on the meeting regarding the Programmatic Agreement on the Missouri River and the Corps of Engineers. He also provided copies of CRST Resolution No. 74-04 regarding Homestake Gold Mine and the taking of treaty land. Requested it be placed on the Defenders website. Expressed frustration at lack of tribal unity. Working to
get Slim Buttes on the National Registry for Historic Places, and getting the Cave Hills uranium mines cleaned up. (Post NSF address on web site) With coal bed methane drilling and need for protection of burial sites, there needs to be on-the-ground monitoring by the tribes especially in the Black Hills.

Meal Prayer: Leroy Curly

Closing Prayer: Janice Bad Horse Larson of Lower Brule

Submitted by Aveleena Feywine, Acting Secretary

Concurred by Charmaine White Face, Coordinator

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Defenders of the Black Hills
PO Box 2003
Rapid City, SD 57709

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