Defenders of the Black Hills
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"Happy Solstice!" - Newsletter December 2014
Sometimes, when I write the newsletter, I am amazed to watch the years roll by. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing 2004 on our newsletters which came out monthly. Do you have any idea how much work, stamps, and envelopes went into getting the mailing out then? So, today, I am getting nostalgic thinking of all we have been through as we are into our 13th year…as all volunteers…still.
It is long past time to look at improving our outfit. (For those who don’t know, “outfit” is a word we use in the Northern Plains. It can mean organization, or your pickup truck and horse trailer, or the clothes you wear.) We, who were so intensely involved in the beginning, are getting older. We have to admit it. Just like our outfit is getting older too. We want it to get better, not just coast on what we have done already. We did a lot but there is always more to be done.
For these reasons, weather permitting, a Meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2015, starting at 9:00 in the morning at the coffee room of St. Isaac Jogues church, next door to the Mother Butler Center, 221 Knollwood Drive, Rapid City, where it all started. Should we sing “Auld Ang Syne”? We have lots to discuss. And pot luck, of course. The administration, (me) will bring sandwich fixings, chips, coffee, and water. So salads, desserts, fruit, or other drinks are welcome.
Sioux Nation Treaty Council
Putting on a meeting such as the upcoming Sioux Nation Treaty Council meeting on Nov. 1st is costly. We usually do not ask for financial help from the members of Defenders of the Black Hills (not even a membership fee), but we must do so now. Our coffers are running low so we are not even doing a postal mailing of the announcement, or this request. Please pass on this information to others who might be interested.
As you know, most of the Sioux people in South Dakota live in some of the most impoverished counties in the country. For some of the elders of the Sioux Nation Treaty Council, it is sometimes a hardship to attend a meeting. Therefore, we try to help in whatever way we can to make sure as many elders as possible can attend.
Please, if you can make a donation send it to Treasurer, Defenders of the Black Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709 or online at www.defendblackhills.org