Defenders of the Black Hills
Uranium Mining Bill
Prayer Gathering for Wind Cave, the Black Hills, and other sacred places
Wind Cave is the first Sacred Place for the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation). We have been made aware of some more plans by the National Park Service to increase tourism to this Sacred Place. From our experience for the past 13 years in trying to protect sacred sites, we know that our concerns are usually ignored. We also are concerned with all the activity that is occurring in the sacred Black Hills that will increase as the summer proceeds.
A Prayer Gathering is planned for 10:00 AM (MDST) on Saturday, August 1, 2015. We will meet at the Wind Cave Visitor Center and caravan for about 15 minutes to a site near Wind Cave Canyon. We will walk about 100 yards across prairie so appropriate shoes are advised. Traditional dress is also recommended: skirts or dresses for women; no shorts or revealing clothing for all. Children are very welcome, especially to learn about this sacred place.
Please bring your own lawn chairs for the pot luck lunch to follow the prayers.
Below is a flyer for your use. Please pass this information on. Our funds are low right now so we will not be able to send this to our postal list. Your help to get the word out is most appreciated.
Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
May 2015 - Newsletter
A lot has happened since our last newsletter. We hosted the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus meeting in March, a Sioux Nation Treaty Council meeting in April, prepared testimony for a hearing scheduled in August of the Crow Butte Uranium In Situ Recovery Mining and Milling operation, and also gave our comments at the Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Chadron, NB, regarding new rules for In Situ Recovery operations. We also have two new Board members: Carla Rae Marshall, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and Erica Long Wolf, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. Thank you to Carla and Erica for coming on board.