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Update on Pesla Road Project


There are some meetings scheduled for the Pesla Road Project. Information was sent to you before about plans to blacktop this road through an area that is sacred to many Native American nations. Called Pesla, meaning Bald, the area is in the west middle portion of the Black Hills and can clearly be seen by satelite. It is being handled by the Pennington County Road Department.

If you can, please attend both of the meetings and voice your concerns. More sacred places in the Black Hills should not be impacted by paved roads.

1. A Community Information meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012, from 5 - 7 PM at the Rochford Firehall in Rochford, SD.

2. A Public Scoping Meeting to begin the Environmental Impact Study process will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 5 - 7 PM at the Hill City High School in Hill City, SD. This will be the most important one to attend.



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