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PRESS RELEASE : "Announcing New Board Members and Raffle Winners"

Rapid City, SD-- Three new members were appointed to the Board of Directors of Defenders of the Black Hills: Brenda Parsons, Exmouth, England; Harley Eagle, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and Harold One Feather, Standing Rock Reservation.

Brenda Parsons, is the Founder and Coordinator of Lakota Aid Foundation, who also raises funds to assist the organization.

Harley Eagle, a Dakota from Canada, works for the Mennonite Central Committee as their Indigenous Nations Liaison, is one of the founding members of Defenders, and has helped the organizatioin since the beginning in 2002.

Harold One Feather, from the Standing Rock Reservation, has been actively involved with Defenders since 2003 when he and a number of other people, brought the uranium issues affecting the Grand River, to the organization.

Other members on the Board are Brian Brademeyer, Native Ecosystems Council; Charmaine White Face, from the Pine Ridge Reservation; and Clifford White Eyes, Sr., from the Rosebud Reservation. Charmaine White Face, one of the founders, has been the Coordinator for the organization for the past seven and a half years, will remain on the Board but will be concentrating her efforts on her appointment as Spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council. Brian Brademeyer, current Treasurer and also another cofounder, will assume the duties as Acting Coordinator effective Jan. 15, 2010.

Raffle Winners
Each year, the Defenders holds an Annual Fall Raffle with donations from various local artists and benefactors who support the work of the organization. The winners in the 2010 Defenders Annual Fall Raffle are:

1. Painted buffalo skull which was donated by the artist, Billy Swift Hawk, was won by Darrell Little, Rapid City.

2. Remembering Grandmother watercolor print donated by the artist, Genevieve Blue Bird, was won by J.B. Kills Pretty Enemy.

3. Nakoma print donated by Sylvia Lambert was won by Sofia Martinez.

4. A set of 6 antique pennies donated by Sylvia Lambert was won by Kristin Yellow Robe.

5. A silver bracelet donated by Sylvia Lambert was won by S. Wyant.

6. Buffalo wall hangings donated by Deb Little were won by Marilyn Pourier.

7. A pair of blue beaded earrings was won by Ike Werner, Porcupine, SD.

8. A pair of red beaded earrings was won by Tina Sparks.

9. A quilt donated by the Indigenous Uranium Forum was won by Jon Block.

Defenders of the Black Hills is a non-profit environmental organization of volunteers from all over the world, dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the environment of the Fort Laramie Treaty territory.

For more information contact Brian Brademeyer at xxx-574-4152.

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