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Ask Forest Service to Protect the Black Hills

Ask Forest Service to Protect the Black Hills

January 5, 2005



Black Hills National Forest

Phase II Amendment

PO Box 270990

Littleton, CO 80127

Dear Sir:

The Black Hills are one of the most unique areas in the world. Many species that live there exist nowhere else. Many Native American nations for thousands of years came to this place for ceremonial, health, and other purposes. I strongly encourage you in your development of management plans for this special place to include:


      increasing protection of sites sacred to American Indian people, their burial sites, and other traditional cultural properties;

      increasing protection for all ancient or old growth trees;

      increasing protection of rare and imperiled wildlife, fish, and plants;

      increasing protection of all wildlife habitat areas;

      increasing the designation of Research Natural Areas; and

      the designation of a bison research study area in the Jasper Fire Area.

The Black Hills are a very special place, an ecological gem that needs to be protected for the future. As a "National Forest", there is a responsibility to the whole nation. As a sacred place to Native American people, the Black Hills need to be treated with the respect a holy place deserves. The Forest Service is charged with these obligations and must fulfill these requirements.







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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