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Annual Raffle

Hello Defenders,

Our annual raffle is in full swing. It's a good thing because we are really short of general operating funds. Our general operating funds are raised through the raffle, speaker fees, or individual donations.

Our drawing is scheduled for Dec. 17th, and tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00 (US).

We have a number of exceptional prizes thanks to the generosity of the following:

$100 buffalo meat donated by Brenda Parsons and Inter Tribal Buffalo Council;

A Beautiful painting by artist, Genevieve Bluebird;

A beautiful painted ceramic buffalo skull by artist, Billy Swift Hawk;

A museum quality Knife made of bone and ebony donated by Victor Fischer;

Earrings and other jewelry donated by Sonia Holy Eagle and the Dakota Drum Company, and Sylvia Lambert;

A Beautiful beaded purse donated by Lilia Firefly Cajilog.

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets even though you might live far away from Rapid City, SD, you could email the names, addresses, and phone numbers to be put on the raffle tickets to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Then either go to the website: www.defendblackhills.org and pay for the tickets thru the Donate Now button with your credit card;

Or postal mail the money to us at:

Defenders of the Black Hills

PO Box 2003

Rapid City, SD 57709

One of our Defenders in England did this a few years ago, trusted that we would put the names on the ticket and in the jar, and they won. So it does work. Maybe it could be you, or as a gift for someone.

Buying a raffle ticket is such an easy way everyone can help us continue the work to protect, restore and preserve the environment and help increase the awareness of what happens to the health of all the people when we misuse and abuse Mother Earth.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator

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