Defenders of the Black Hills

Defenders of the Black Hills
Meeting Notes – March 24, 2007
First Voice  (Opening Prayer): Garvard Good Plume Jr. 
Opening Remarks: Charmaine apologized for not having a written agenda as preparing for the Uranium Summit.  We need an attorney for a lawsuit based on civil rights violations during the hearing at the SD Board of Minerals and Environment.  We have filed an appeal in SD Circuit Court per procedures and a Court hearing is scheduled in Rapid City on April 6,2007.  [Update:  The Oglala Sioux Tribe assigned the Law Offices of Mario Gonzalez to handle the case.  W. Cindy Gillis is the lead counsel.]
 Charmaine will be giving a couple of speeches for donations to Defenders. Some video equipment was also donated to help videotape the Uranium Summit.  We have a grant from Indigenous Environmental Network and Western Mining Action Network to help cover the costs of the Uranium Summit.  Professor Kim Kearfott, Univ. of Michigan, is the keynote speaker and will talk about health effects from nuclear radiation. The website is back up and looking good.   
Treasurer’s Report:  Brian reported on how much is available from the 3 grants we received for the Uranium Summit and also from Honor The Earth to protect the Missouri River Watershed from Uranium pollution.
Minutes:  Highlights from last report were given.  Still need file cabinets, and lawyer.  Garvard said the 12-minute video won an award, 2nd place, in Washington, DC from about 900 entries.  He will get the information for our records.
1.  Visitors:  Danita Bald Eagle from the Lakota Child Rescue Project gave a report on the work they do to help stop the practice of illegally taking Lakota children from their families.
2.  Earth Day Tabling at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1- 4:00 PM (MT), Sunday , April 22, 2007  Charmaine will prepare copies of information but we need some worker bees to help man the table.  Please call 399-1868, or 343-4224 if you can help.  Also, any Native American drum groups or singers are invited to donate their performances.  Contact Mary Jo Farrington at or call  605-721-6133.
3.  Regular April Meeting and Treaty Commemoration: Saturday, April 28, 2007, 1-5:00. to be held at St. Francis on the Rosebud Reservation, tentatively at the St. Francis Comm. Hall. 
5. Other:  Jesse Taken Alive reported on a clean air resolution was passed at Standing Rock.  They are also looking at the problems regarding the Missouri River, their drinking water source.  He will also contact the Three Affiliated Tribes about meeting about the Cotteau Mine situation and the 1700 burial sites to be destroyed this summer.  We need to do another prayer gathering there, probably in May.
 Also our heartfelt thanks to Jeremy Nichols for all his work on the Board, and for the EPA ruling on a petition challenging the air pollution permit for the Pope and Talbot lumber mill in Spearfish, SD.   The decision is online at
Closing Prayer:  Jesse Taken Alive    Potluck Meal
Recorded by Janice Larson, and submitted by Charmaine White Face
April 14, 2007 – Sat:       Rally to Stop Global Warming
                          10:00 – 11 :00  AM  (MT) 
Memorial Park Bandshell – Haines and Omaha, Rapid City, SD    
Speakers:  State Senator Tom Katus
Charmaine White Face, Defenders of the Black Hills
April 17, 2007 – Tues:    Interim Rules Review Committee
Hearing on In Situ Leach Mining Rules passed in Jan. 2007
11:00 AM  (CT)  —  Room 413, State Capitol, Pierre, SD
April 19, 2007 – Thurs:     Archeological Hearing 
1:00 PM (CT) on 155 Uranium Exploratory Drill Sites
in the southern Black Hills
    SD Board of Minerals and Environment, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 
April 22, 2007 – Sun:           Earth Day Celebration 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph St.,  Rapid City, SD
1:00 – 4:00 PM (MT)
(Any Native American drums and singers welcome)
April 28, 2007 – Sat:            Regular Meeting 
     “1868 Treaty Commemoration”
1:00 – 5:00 (CT)    Potluck
St. Francis Community Hall (Pending)
St. Francis, SD  –   Rosebud Reservation
Contact: Charmaine White Face, Coordinator, Defenders of the Black
Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709, Phone: 605- 399-1868 Email:

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