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Black Hill Logging

In August of 2002, South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle passed a legislative "rider" that exempted thousands of acres of logging and many miles of road construction in the Black Hills National Forest from all laws. This "rider" was passed under the guise of "forest fire protection," but has done nothing but wreak havoc on the natural environment and sacred lands of the Black Hills.
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1 Lawsuit Filed to Force Compliance with Forest Plan Settlement Agreement
2 Professional Statistician Analyzes Beetle-Fire Risk on BHNF
3 High Court offers last change to save wildlife
4 Brian Brademeyer's live chat with the Rapid City Journal
5 Battle over logging in the Black Hills
6 Norbeck Wildlife Area (NO Logging)
7 Forest Service Vandalizes Okawita Paha
8 Black Hills National Forest Project near Harney Peak
9 Ask Forest Service to Protect the Black Hills
10 Hazard Trees Threaten Roads

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