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Report - Aug. 1 2007

Defenders of the Black Hills
PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709
Report -  Aug. 1, 2007


Five years ago when Defenders first began, we would list the donors and how much was given.  We discontinued that part of the reports in order to send out more information.  However, this past year, 2006, more than half of our tiny budget came from donors.  Our total budget for 2006 was $16,224.12, our income was $20,514.66 and $9,072.00 was from donations.
When our website went down, the donations slowed down.  Our website has been fixed and up since January, and now it is time to recognize those who have contributed in the past six months:
Brule,  Moses Brings Plenty and video crew, Darrell Little, Butch Felix, Tom Higgins, Layla, Ray Thorne, R. C. Shire, Jenny Tkacz,  Dianne & Glen McFaul, Santa Monica High School Civil Rights Club, Ike, Stefan Heyn, Anonymous, Patricia Flannery, Birgitt Funk, Barbara Ruehl, Marianne Benz, Katherine Ross, Sharon Riley in memory of Lewis Adams Riley, Elizabeth Fink on behalf of humanity, James Davidson in memory of Crazy Horse, Kimberlee Kearfott in memory of Elda Emma Anderson, Kathleen Hammock on behalf of Jakob Gabriel Hammock, Richard Hess, Anonymous in memory of NY flights, INAIA, Charlene Indelicato, and Marina Cameron.
Thank you so much to all of you and to anyone who has been so generous and has not been mentioned.  Without your help, we could not continue to do this very important work.  We are all still volunteers with no paid staff. A special thank you to the Board of Directors of Defenders and the elders of the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council.

 A.  Case:
Powertech has started drilling in the southwestern Black Hills.  The judge has denied any effort to stop the exploratory drilling.  Our attorneys have filed briefs and the state and Powertech recently sent their responses.  In the meantime, Powertech has continued to drill their exploratory holes and will probably have them finished before the court decision.  Our position is that Powertech does not have a legal permit to drill exploratory holes as we are appealing the decision that was made by the South Dakota Department of Minerals and Environment to grant the permit in the first place.  We will continue with our legal efforts in order to educate the public of the actions by the state of South Dakota. This kind of travesty of justice must be stopped.  Powertech is also planning on mining in Colorado and Wyoming, all areas within our Treaty Territory.   
 B.  Red Shirt Village:

Community members from Red Shirt Village asked Defenders if the Cheyenne River could be used to water a community garden.  A water test was completed and the River was found to be above Maximum Contaminant Level for alpha radiation.  A sample for aquatic life was also completed and over a 100 yard stretch of the River, only 2 crayfish and about 10 minnows were found.  The Cheyenne River also quits flowing about 1 mile past Red Shirt Village.  A sign stating “Warning, Nuclear Radioactive River” was posted by the community members.  Although the sign was stolen, new ones will be made to replace it.
C.  Great Plains Tribal Chairmen Declare Reservations Nuclear-Free Areas

On July 9, 2007, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association passed a resolution which stated: “the GPTCA declares the Reservation Homelands to be nuclear-free areas for the protection of the people and the Natural Resources of the Tribe…” This action will provide legal tools for the tribes to require that only clean air and water are allowed on the reservations. It will help stop radioactive pollution from entering the reservations by pursuing the state and federal agencies responsible for clean air and water.  In the big picture, it will help the total environment of the Upper Great Plains Region, not just the reservations.  Kudos to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association!!  and Thank you!!

 D.  Award:  PRESS RELEASE, 1 AUGUST 2007
1 Aug. MUNICH–The Nuclear-Free Future Awards honors individuals, organizations and communities for their outstanding commitment towards creating a world freed from the threat of nuclear weapons and atomic energy.  This year, the Award jury members – who include Johan Galtung (Norway), Val Kilmer (New Mexico), Chris Peters (California), Kirkpatrick Sale (Massachusetts), Galsan Tschinag (Ulan Bator), and Christine von Weizsäcker (Germany) – have selected Charmaine White Face to receive, endowed with a money purse of $10,000, the Nuclear-Free Future Award in the category of Resistance.  
Educated as a biologist, Charmaine White Face is the moving spirit behind the Defenders of the Black Hills, an organization that monitors abandoned uranium mines on sacred Lakota Lands and seeks the remediation of hazardous waste ponds that contaminate the region. A central part of Ms White Face’s message is that not just the Lakota, but all of us are threatened: aquifers cover massive areas of the continent, rivers empty into one another, radioactive dust is carried by the wind, and toxic poisons in the soil nourish grass and feed crops that eventually work their way into the mainstream food chain.
Hosted by the Salzburg, Austria, state government, the 10th annual Awards ceremony will take place in the storied Salzburg Residenz on 18 October 2007.  Based in Munich, the Nuclear-Free Future Award is a project of the Franz Moll Foundation for the Coming Generations.  
Badlands National Park Invites Comments:
The National Park Service is accepting comments and concerns on management of the South Unit of Badlands National Park so they can begin development of their General Management Plan.  Mail comments to Badlands National Park, 25216 Ben Reifel Road, PO Box 6, Interior, SD 57750,.  Call Supt. Paige Baker at xxx-433-5280 for more information.

Regular Meeting and  5th Birthday Party

Aug. 25, 2007
1:00 - 5:00 PM on Saturday, in the coffee room of St. Isaac Jogues Church next door to the Mother Butler Center, 221 Knollwood Drive, Rapid City, SD.

An environmental conference, sponsored by Unci Maka Uonihanpo (Honor Mother Earth). Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5-8 p.m. at Prairie Knights Casino, Banquet Room 803, Fort Yates, ND

Sept. 15, 2007:  9:00 a.m  - 10:00 p.m    

Mother Butler Center, 221 Knollwood Dr., Rapid City, SD  -  Donations welcome.  
Contact Garvard Good Plume at 343-4224  

1851 Treaty Commemoration

 Saturday  -  Sept. 15, 2007
Mother Butler Center,    221 Knollwood Drive
Rapid City, South Dakota
9:00 AM - Opening Ceremonies

Honoring and Kahtela Ceremony for Elders:
    Margaret Zephier,   Evelyn Black Moon,   Alice Four Horns,
    Stella Pretty Sounding Flute,   Imogene Taken Alive,
    Delores Taken Alive,   Maryjane Tiokasin
1851 Treaty
    Speaker - to be announced
The Environment within the Treaty Territory:
     East, South, Central, North, Northwest, Southwest, Black Hills
United Nations International Treaty Seminars
    Speaker  - to be announced  
Round Dance until 10:00 PM - All drum groups invited*

Sponsored by the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council and Defenders of the Black Hills
  *Call Garvard Good Plume, Committee Coordinator at xxx-343-4224


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