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Wind Cave is the first Sacred Place for the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation)

Hello Everyone,

Wind Cave is the first Sacred Place for the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation).  We have been made aware of some more plans by the National Park Service to increase tourism to this Sacred Place.  From our experience for the past 13 years in trying to protect sacred sites, we know that our concerns are usually ignored.  We also are concerned with all the activity that is occurring in the sacred Black Hills that will increase as the summer proceeds.

A Prayer Gathering is planned for 10:00 AM (MDST) on Saturday, August 1, 2015.  We will meet at the Wind Cave Visitor Center and caravan for about 15 minutes to a site near Wind Cave Canyon.  We will walk about 100 yards across prairie so appropriate shoes are advised.  Traditional dress is also recommended: skirts or dresses for women; no shorts or revealing clothing for all.  Children are very welcome, especially to learn about this sacred place.

Please bring your own lawn chairs for the pot luck lunch to follow the prayers. 

Attached is a flyer for your use.  Please pass this information on.  Our funds are low right now so we will not be able to send this to our postal list.  Your help to get the word out is most appreciated.

Thank you.

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Defenders of the Black Hills
PO Box 2003
Rapid City, SD 57709

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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