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The South Dakota Peace and Justice Center is honoring Defenders of the Black Hills with an award

Congratulations, Defenders!

The South Dakota Peace and Justice Center is honoring Defenders of the Black Hills with an award at their annual meeting this fall. An agenda is copied into this message. If any of you can attend, please do.

We will be having our own Prayer Gathering on Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at 10:00 at Sioux Park off of Canyon Lake Drive, with a pot luck meal and meeting to follow at the Mother Butler Center.

Protecting Our Sacred Environment

South Dakota �Peace & Justice Center Annual Conference

October 7 & 8, 2011

South Park United Church of Christ, 2201 3rd Street, Rapid City (near hospital)
Drive on Mount Rushmore Road (8th St) & turn east on Florman street by Safeway & go 5 blocks east.

Come and enjoy the beautiful Black Hills in autumn!

Friday, October 7
4:30 to 5:10pm Registration

5:10 pm Welcome Jim Petersen, Chairman of Rapid City Peace and Justice and Norma Wilson,
President of the Board, South Dakota Peace and Justice

5:30 to 6:30 pm  Blessing. Buffet dinner. Acoustic music.

6:30 Peace & Justice Awards. Board introduced.

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Charmaine Whiteface on Protection of Bear Butte
Award to the Defenders of the Black Hills

Saturday, October 8
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 Hyperion Tar Sands Oil Refinery - Peter Carrels, Sierra Club

10:00 In-Situ Mining and recent water tested sponsored by Izaak Walton League -Lila Jarding, Clean Water Alliance

11: 00  Pipe line update  Dakota Rural Action

12:00 to 12:30 Lunch

12:30 to 1:30  Action discussion.things to do. Wrap up. Invitation to stay for P&J meeting.

1:30-3:00 Annual SD Peace & Justice Center Board and Membership Meeting.
Board nominations. Strategic planning for the coming year, with focuson protecting the environment and ending the death penalty in South Dakota.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday optional drives and events: (see next page for more details.)

Pow Wow  Rapid Civic Center Grand Entry 7:00 pm Saturday

  • SD Book festival  Deadwood Keynote author of Journey of Crazy Horse

  • Spiritual Pathway garden walk with labyrinth - 10 miles south of Lead

  • Drive to Bear Butte, Spearfish Canyon, Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site (Hot Springs)

Fees: $15 per day for P&J members, $25 per day for non-members. This includes meals. You may register at the door or preferably send in a pre-registration form with check to: SD Peace and Justice Center, PO Box 116, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0116. Questions? Call xxx-716-5166 www.sodakpjc.org

Our mailing address is:
South Dakota Peace and Justice Center
2247 Cedar Dr.
Rapid City, SD 57702


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