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Although plans for the shooting range near Bear Butte have been canceled, there is more to be done. Bear Butte needs permanent legal protection as a national historic site so proposals like the shooting range don't continue to threaten it.
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1 The South Dakota Peace and Justice Center is honoring Defenders of the Black Hills with an award
2 Drilling near Bear Butte
3 A Report on the Hearing of SD House Bill 1309
4 Gathering at Bear Butte
5 Montana Tribe Buys Bear Butte Acreage
6 Bear Butte Land Trust Fund Started
7 Preserve Bear Butte
8 Protect Bear Butte!
9 Bear Butte All Nations Gathering
10 Report on the Bear Butte Wopila (thank you) Ceremony
11 Sturgis drops plans to build shooting range
12 Defenders Testify to Senate Committee about Protecting Bear Butte
 

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