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August 27, 2005

August 27, 2005

Aug. 27, 2005? Meeting Notes:

Opening Prayer: Vincent Brings Plenty


Bear Butte Preservation Task Force: The Task Force was created as an ad hoc
committee at the May 29-30, 2004, meeting. The purpose of the Task Force was to establish a land trust and secure funding for the trust.? However, this did not happen, and as the Bear Butte Preservation Task Force was not approved by the Management Council at it?s meeting? October 23, 2004, it is not legal and therefore defunct. This fact along with an internal matter was referred to the Management Council.

Bear Butte: Discussion on a private businessman?s plans to build a biker bar, campground, and outdoor concert arena near the north side of Bear Butte. (See article: Broken Spoke branches out, Rapid City Journal, Mon. Aug. 8, 2005)
1. A Prayer Gathering will be held at 10:00 at Bear Butte with a potluck meal and meeting to follow at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.
2.? Further work is needed to establish and fund a Land Trust.
3.? Ann White Hat informed the group that there is to be an auction of another piece of property near Bear Butte on Monday, Aug. 29.
4. Carter referred Sacred Land Conservancy.
5. A letter will be sent to all the Native Nations that pray at Bear Butte informing
them of this current situation. Carter will write a draft and send it to Charmaine for final edit.
6.? Final action could be a road block of Highway 79.

Smithsonian Magazine: Tony Perrotette, journalist from Smithsonian Magazine arrived and asked for comments on Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, and the Black Hills.

Closing Prayer: Vincent Brings Plenty

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