Environmental Camp-out  on June 10 - 16th
Reva Gap Campground

Wopila (Thank you) Prayer Gathering  on June 12th
Riley Pass Mine

An Environmental Camp-out  will be held from June 10 - 16, 2015, at the Reva Gap Campground on state Highway 20, between the towns of Buffalo and Reva .   Board member, Harold One Feather, will be coordinating the event with day trips to  where the Keystone XL Pipeline plans on entering South Dakota, to the Bowman-Haley Lake and Shadehill Reservoir which collect the radioactive runoff from the North Cave Hills abandoned uranium mines, and other trips to historic sites.  Bring your own camping gear, food, and water.  Primitive camping available.  Contact Harold at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709.

A Wopila (Thank you)  Prayer Gathering is planned for Friday, June 12th, at 10:00 AM (MDST) at the sacred site near the Riley Pass Mine.  However, due to high radiation levels at the site, we ask that no children or young adults attend.  Dust masks will be available.

The turnoff to the Riley Pass mine, a red gravel road, is about 1.5 miles past  Ludlow, SD, on state Highway 85.  Follow the gravel road about 5 miles always turning to the left.  We will park at the U.S. Forest Service sign and walk up to the sacred site for the Wopila (Thank You) prayers. It is about a quarter mile, uphill walk.

Potluck lunch will follow at the Reva Gap Campground with a presentation by the US Forest Service.

For more information contact Charmaine White Face at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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