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Hello Defenders,

The following message is being sent to ask if you will voice your concerns on the Otter Creek Mine. This surface strip coal mine is within the area covered by Defenders of the Black Hills. We have visited the area and it is nestled in a beautiful valley and historic place that will be completely destroyed.

Please voice your concern for no more coal mining and the protection of the environment of the Otter Creek area.

Thank you.

Sent by Charmaine White Face, Coordinator



Dear Coal Export Action Community,

In less than two weeks, people will start gathering in Helena, Montana, for the Coal Export Action. As Arch Coal prepares its permit application for the Otter Creek Mine, we'll remind elected officials how they should be protecting community health from coal exports.

This is already shaping up to be the biggest action of its kind in the Northern Rockies region. Now, in these last couple of weeks before the action, you can help it grow even more.

Today, we're having a day of social media action, to build momentum for the Coal Export Action over Facebook, Twitter, and other do-it-yourself media.

Here's how you can help:

Visit our page full of sample tweets and status updates about the action.

Pick a tweet or update (or use the ones we've posted as inspiration to create your own, post it through your own Facebook or Twitter account. Or post more than one!

Our relatively young Facebook page already has a large following, and our brand-new Coal Export Action Twitter account is quickly building followers. During the action, we'll use social media to keep people updated about what's happening in Helena.

The more we get the word out before the action, the more powerful we'll be.

As always, hope to see you in Helena for the Coal Export Action. And in the meantime, hope to see you on the Internet waves!

The Coal Export Action Team


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