Home Meetings Meetings November 26, 2005

November 26, 2005

November 26, 2005

Defenders of the Black Hills
P. O. Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709
(605) 399-1868? ? Fax:? (605) 399-1851

Nov. 26, 2005? Amended Meeting Notes:?

Opening Prayer:? Clifford White Eyes Sr.

Opening Remarks:? Charmaine White Face, Coordinator

Introductions:? Attending introduced themselves.

Treasurer?s Report: Brian Brademeyer
Discussion on fundraising.? Recommendation:? request donations for postage, paper, raffle tickets, other gifts which are tax deductible.?

Cotteau Mine Wopila - Nov. 12, 2005 - Janice Larson and Ingrid Long Soldier gave a report.? They and Garvard Good Plume, Charmaine White Face and Clifford White Eyes Sr.,? were overnight guests at United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND, on Nov. 11.? The next day, they were joined by George Iron Shield and Dennis Kost.? After the Wopila (Thank you prayer), which was held at the turtle effigy near the Cotteau Mine Headquarters near Beulah, the travelled to Washburn, ND, where they were fed by Dennis Kost and Barbara Price, Dakota Resource Council, at the Flaming Arrow Campground.

Youth Culture Camp:? George and Clifford are planning a Youth Culture Camp for the first of June, if funding is available, to teach approximately 20 young people about sacred sites and burial places.? The camp will be at the Flaming Arrow Campground. More planning needs to be completed. Please call or email the office if interested in assisting, or have young people, boys ages 12-18 who might like to attend.

Environmental Summit:?? Barbara Price, Dakota Resource Council, distributed some information about the coal fired power plants and the amount of air pollution being generated in North Dakota. (Handouts:? ?Sooty air pollution is linked to inherited mutations?, Bismarck Tribune, Fri., May 14, 2004, p. 11A; Dakota Resource Council brochure; ND Power Plants Air Pollution)? They would like to host an Environmental Summit in the near future with Defenders.? We need someone from Standing Rock to help coordinate this.? Please call or email the office if interested.

State-Tribal Relations Committee:? A request was sent for Defenders to be on the State-Tribal Relations Committee agenda at their next meeting.? No response yet.? Issues to be presented are Bear Butte, Cave Hills Abandoned Uranium Mines, and the Coal Bed Methane pollution in the Cheyenne River.? Charmaine will follow up.

Bear Butte:? Resolutions were sent to the National Congress of American Indians Annual Conference regarding the need for a buffer zone around Bear Butte and protection for sacred sites.? Resolutions have not been sent to the other 500 tribes yet due to the time and costs as well as the need for an action outcome such as the introduction of a federal bill.?

? ? Fund Raising Campaign:? A Bear Butte Defense Trust Fund, and a Bear Butte Land Trust Fund with electronic transfer capabilities will be established.? Donations are tax deductible.? Discussion was held on the many ways that people, young and old, can contribute to these funds.? The land purchased will be held in trust and kept in a natural state for all tribes that pray at Bear Butte.

Abandoned Uranium Mines:? Cave Hills - Slim Buttes radioactive abandoned uranium mines are polluting the Grand and the Moreau Rivers as well as spreading dust on western South Dakota and points east.? Defenders had water studies completed on both rivers.? A copy was given to Chairman Frazier for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.? A copy will be sent to Chairman His Horse Is Thunder at Standing Rock.? More studies are needed on health effects, water, and other environmental aspects on both the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations.? A campaign needs to be developed and implemented to clean up all of these abandoned mines.? The USFS is only looking at cleaning up the Riley Pass Mine.? There are 89 abandoned uranium mines in the Cave Hills area alone.? (Defenders has a USFS map of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines and prospects in SD, and WY.? The prospects have to potential to pollute underground water when the drilling was completed 40 + years ago. Call or write t!
o request a map and explanation.)

? ? Auction:? Four, large museum quality items have been donated specifically for the uranium mine clean-up efforts.? They need to be auctioned off to meet their value. Discussion on e-bay and silent auction.? No action taken.

Homestake Underground Laboratory:? Petitions are being signed and sent to the National Science Foundation as Governor Mike Rounds is supporting the building of a National Underground Laboratory in the abandoned gold mine.

Badlands National Park EIS on the General Management is available and taking comments until Jan. 10, 2006, and may be sent to:? National Park Service - Denver Service Center, Attn: Badlands Planning Team, PO Box 25287, Denver CO 80225-0287.? For more info: 605-433-5281

Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament: Defenders will table Dec.16-18, 2005.? Volunteers may call Janice.

Raffle:? Tickets are available for a Gingerbread house, child?s shawl, small medicine bags, Bear Butte Signed Photos, and a Montileaux print.?

Other? Fund raising offers:? Lilly Jones offered to coordinate the web store, make copies of the CD on the Black Hills, do a catalogue on some of our videos, and a price check on bumperstickers and t-shirts with the words: "Remember the Black Hills are Sacred"? and "Let the Spirit Lead".

Next meeting:? Discussion as the 4th Sat. in Dec. is Dec. 24.? Next meeting will be Wed. Dec. 21, Solstice party, 1-5:00 at the church coffee room.?

Closing Prayer:? Clifford White Eyes Sr.

Pot Luck Meal:? The members enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner.

Submitted by Janice Larson, Recording 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