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Organization Disbanding

Defenders of the Black Hills will host their final meeting, A 'Thank You' and 'Retirement' Get-Together on Saturday, Dec. 10th, from 10:30- 2:00 PM, at the Mother Butler Center Hall, 221 Knollwood Dr., Rapid City, SD. A Potluck meal is planned.

The organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, will be closing down their operation before the end of the year after working on environmental issues in the Region for more than 14 years. As a non-profit, all volunteer organization, any remaining monetary funds will be used to pay old bills, and property will be donated to other non-profit corporations.

For more information contact Charmaine White Face, Coordinator,
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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