Defenders of the Black Hills
Uranium Mining Bill
8 WAYS RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION AFFECTS THE Northern Great Plains
Uranium - 238 is a naturally occurring element that slowly disintegrates in 14 steps to a final, non-radioactive element known as Lead 206. The decay products in the 14 steps are just as radioactive, if not more, than U-238 itself. When these decay products are disturbed in any way, they begin their unstoppable, expanding radioactive processes. Yet, uranium mining companies and governments continue to plan for new ways to mine uranium.
Threatened Sacred Sites and Burial Grounds
(excluding the Black Hills)
1. Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and French Creek Massacre site. A few weeks before the Wounded Knee Massacred in 1890, more than 50 young men and women from the Pine Ridge Reservation, on a hunting trip, were massacred at the mouth of French Creek as it enters the Cheyenne River. The Buffalo Gap National Grasslands needs Wilderness Protection, and the French Creek Massacre Site needs cultural protection possibly through the Native American Graves Protection Act, or the Archaeological Resource Protection Act.