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From: Kota Territory ABC news

Native Americans in KOTA Territory come together to pray for the health of the land and the earth.

Saturday, members of the Defenders of the Black Hills met at Sioux Park for their 10th annual prayer gathering.

The group is a non-profit, volunteer organization that fights for environmental causes.

This year the organization has concerns over the Keystone XL Pipeline, which could cause spills in the Ogallala Aquifer.

They are also opposed to a nuclear power plant in Canada being built to pump the oil.

"Both of those are very destructive to the earth, to human beings, to our way of life, to everything. And it will contribute greatly to global warming of course," said Charmine White Face from Defenders of the Black Hills.

To further their cause, the organization hands out form letters, creates petitions, and has a booth at the Black Hills Pow Wow.



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