Defenders of the Black Hills
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.
"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.
April - 2014 Special Newsletter
Invitation to an Earth Day Media Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Earth Day Media Event to announce the opening of a Campaign for the Clean Up of all the Abandoned Uranium Mines in the United States.
More than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) are located in the United States, primarily in the Western States, and more than 10 million people live within a 50 mile radius of an abandoned uranium mine.
South Dakota has at least 272 abandoned open-pit uranium mines. There are 169 AUMs located in the southwestern Black Hills and 103 in the northwest corner near Buffalo, SD.
The Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota contains more than 2,000 plus AUMs. The health effects are tremendous.
Defenders of the Black Hills is hosting a site visit for representatives from a number of organizations: Popular Resistance, Indigenous Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace. The Cheyenne River is greatly impacted by AUM’s as are the people of Red Shirt Village, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Signs will be placed near the bridge warning of this radioactive river.
The Event will take place near the Cheyenne River bridge on SD Highway 40 which is 15 miles southeast of Hermosa, SD, beginning at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Plan on arriving at 9:30 and bring your own chairs. A potluck Lunch will follow the event weather permitting. Salads and desserts are needed. Sandwich makings, chips, and water will be provided by Defenders of the Black Hills.
Charmaine White Face interview on Free City Radio
Listen to an interview with Charmaine White Face from the Defenders of the Black Hills campaign, a campaign lead by indigenous activists in the US, pushing for a federal cleanup of toxic, abandoned uranium mines in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Native American Nations recommended to be allowed access to the UN Decolonization Committee
New York, NY -- On Oct. 28, 2013, United Nations Independent Expert Professor Alfred M. deZayas recommended to the UN Third Committee that the doors of the Decolonization Committee must also be opened to Indigenous nations including those from North America.