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Sioux Nation Treaty Council

Hello Defenders,

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

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