Are you slippery when wet? “It’s All About the Water” : Free concert, August 31, Hot Springs, SD.

Yes, the Clean Water Alliance, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sandtuary and local musicians have teamed up once again to get the info out about the threat of Uranium Mining coming to the Black Hill region by –of course–a Canadian company, Powertech.  Canada–what a place–it’s the home of the Tar Sands and birthplace of Idle No More.  If you know the score it’s a chance to get refreshed. If you’re out of the intel loop, it’s time to get clued in. Because you too need water to live.

From Press Release:

WE ARE THE LAND, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” documentary video short by Christopher Crosby will be presented at IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER, a free concert on Saturday, Aug 31 2013 – Red Rock River Resort, 603 N. River Hot Springs, SD. 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
The free concert will feature local musical artists, Gardner Gray, Mike Linderman, Evan Christenson and others.
“We Are The Land, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills” was produced by Karla LaRive, Susan Watt and The Institute of Range and American Mustang in 2011 at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs South Dakota.

 

Concerned Citizens of the Southern Hills presents IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATER concert Red Rock River Resort
Hot Springs South Dakota Saturday, August 31 2013 6:30pm – 9:30pm
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‘We Are The Land, Uranium Mining In the Black Hills’ –Showing tonight, Rapid City, SD.

Text via Karla R. LaRive

WE ARE THE LAND, Uranium Mining in the Black Hills”
A new documentary film from Christopher Crosby
Produced by PK Productions LLC and the Institute of Range and American Mustang.

ABOUT “WE ARE THE LAND” –
Governments and the uranium industry say the mining and milling of uranium provides high-paying and much-needed jobs in some of the most remote areas of the country, with manageable environmental risks. But it’s an industry that has long attracted its share of controversy.

This is a major concern for the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in western South Dakota, and other residents including environmental and conservation groups. The Sierra Club of South Dakota warns that water pollution will be a major concern if the mining company Powertech is given a permit to mine for uranium. The Sierra Club’s Black Hills Group, says there’s a high likelihood that aquifers will become polluted if an injection-well recovery system is used to mine the ore.

Powertech Inc USA has submitted its uranium mining application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and it can be viewed at the NRC website. The NRC has announced a time period for interested individuals to voice their concerns regarding the uranium mine’s impacts to the environment. This proposed uranium mine will be the first time folks can be heard under the new GEIS.

“It’s going to be my last great battle, but I’m going to win this one.” says Hyde.

The Institute of Range and American Mustang owns 13,000 acres of private land dedicated to range preservation and a balanced ecosystem. I.R.A.M.’s finest gift is The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, whose purpose is to provide not only freedom for unadoptable and unwanted wild horses, but also a research area dedicated to solving wild horse herd management that will contribute to the well-being of wild horses everywhere.

http://www.wildmustangs.com/

Dayton O. Hyde, Founder and President Institute of Range and the American Mustang. Dayton Hyde is a rancher, conservationist, award winning photographer, essayist and author of 17 books; He runs the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, an 13,000-acre ranch in Western South Dakota where he protects wild horses.

About the Production:

Director / Editor: Christopher Crosby
Producers: Karla R. LaRive, Susan Watt

Featuring, Tom Ballanco, Tom Cook, Dayton O. Hyde, Barbara High Pine Peltier, Virgil Red Cloud Goode, Gilbert Sanchez, Susan Watt and Windwalker.

Music soundtrack by Windwalker, Edoal Spirit Buffalo (Wind Spirit Drum), Virgil Red Cloud Goode, Barbara High Pine Peltier, Christopher Crosby, Martin Meyer.

Recorded and engineered at Great Sky Studios, Hot Springs South Dakota. June 2010

Filmed on location at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, South Dakota, USA.

All Rights Reserved
2011

Contact information for the Sanctuary:
Susan Watt, Program Development Director
Institute of Range and the American Mustang
PO Box 998, Hot Springs South Dakota 57747 iram@gwtc.net
http://www.wildmustangs.com

Public Relations for WE ARE THE LAND:
Karla LaRive | Studio West Management
PO Box 752, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
http://www.studiowestmanagement.com

The Voices of the Heartland Independent Film Society presents two regional films tonight at 6:30pm the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD.

We hope to see you there.

Frank Waln, “Common Man, Nake Nula Waun”
Black Hills WIld Horse Sanctuary’s “We Are The Land”

6:30-6:45 Introductions
6:45-7:30 Film “Frank Waln”
7:30-7:45 Randy Q&A
7:45-7:50 Play the video “Hear My Cry”
7:50-8:20 Cody Q&A plus some songs mixed in
8:20-8:40 “We are the Land” video
8:40-9:00 Clay discussion

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Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary Strikes Heart Gold.

Heart of Gold ~ Neil Young live 1971

via clydeman

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Most of us enjoy some positive news to break up the monotony of all the negative malarky–don’t we? The following update from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary offers a glimpse of what humans can do to help our animal relatives. In this case it’s Mustangs. It’s a labor of love to give wild animals the opportunity to live and thrive in a world which currently seems to be all about destroying nature in so many ways.

Logo 1
February, 2013

Calico headshot

SANCTUARY OFFERS
SAFE HAVEN FOR STARVING MUSTANGS

Saturday was a busy day at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.  For the past three weeks the Sanctuary has been host for several horses that were recently rescued by local authorities.  We allowed these horses time to rest and regain their strength before it was time for them to move onto new lives.

 

As part of our mission to provide freedom for unadoptable wild horses, we are devoted to giving unwanted horses a “quality of life”.  We are proud to have served as temporary hosts for these horses.

More trucks trailers

Truck and Trailers
Trucks and trailers lined up near the corrals in preparation to receive their precious cargo and take them to their new homes.

Loading

Time to load
After being sorted it was time to load the horses onto the trailers.  The horses seemed to know better things awaited them down the road.  Everyone loaded calmly and quietly in preparation for the ride to a better life.

ready to go

Is hay served on this ride?
Noses and faces peek out of the trailer as everyone is secured for the ride.

down the road

Down the road..
To new lives!  The owners anxiously wait as the trucks leave the Sanctuary.

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Still Waiting
We have six horses still waiting for their turn to begin new lives.  This coming Saturday will be the day for them.  Some of their “horsey friends” have left them and they seem unsure of what to do or where to be.  We continue to provide clean water and hay as they grow stronger daily.  Soon they will be in the hands of caring new owners.
Terri
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
605-745-5955
Won’t you help us continue to help Mustangs in Peril?
POB 998
Hot Springs, SD.  57747

Dewey-Burdock Uranium Mining in the Black Hills — Just Say No! ~ Community Meeting: 10 January 2013, Hot Springs, South Dakota, American Legion, 6:30 pm.

photo @ Karla LaRive 2012

The letter following my comments  is from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary pages on Facebook.  Please help spread the news.  I think they could use some major support. They’re fighting uranium mining. This post is my tiny effort to raise awareness. Thanks to Earth Tribe for its support.

Powertech Exposed –and the difficulty of commenting via a malfunctioning website: http://www.powertechexposed.com/  The uranium mining industry is not playing “fair”–because they know their mining is not wanted in the Black Hills -or anywhere else where the population is informed about the dangers of uranium mining and the environmental dangers it produces.  Clearly some people learned nothing from the Fukushima disaster.

Please consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project – From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

by Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:05pm ·

From the desk of IRAM Program Director, Susan Watt

January 1, 2013

 

Please, I would ask all of you to read and understand what is going on in the arena of the Uranium Mining.

 

 

This proposed project affects all of us.  Please support our efforts by joining us and the community on Thursday Night, January 10, 2013 at the American Legion in Hot Springs, So Dakota for a Community Meeting at 6:30 pm. 

 

– SW

 

# # #

 

REPOST – December 30, 2012

 

Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements and Directives Branch

Division of Administrative Services

Office of Administration, Mailstop TWB-05-B01M

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C.  20555-0001

 

Docket NRC-2012-0277, the proposed Dewey-Burdock project, comments on the SEIS

 

Dear Ms. Bladey,

 

Twenty five years ago I founded the Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. IRAM’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to more than 600 wild horses on 13,000 acres of private range in South Dakota.

 

On this location one can find; 60 million year old remains from the Pleistocene era of plants and animals, Ancient Petroglyphs that date back hundreds of years, Native American Ceremonial Sites, Historic Pioneer homesteads, and hundreds of native species of plants and animals. IRAM is supported by the thousands of visitors that come to South Dakota each year to see the natural history of the local area. Besides a Wild Horse Sanctuary the historic significance of this region brings people and scientists from all over the world.

 

For hundreds of years, the Cheyenne River that runs through the Sanctuary was the first source of water for the wildlife that lived on the grassy prairies. Ancient man and the dinosaurs of the past traveled this waterway. Native Americans hunted the buffalo and then held their sacred ceremonies on this land.

 

Along with IRAM’s Board of Directors, I am greatly concerned over the proposed Powertech Dewey-Burdock project that is located within twenty miles of the Sanctuary. We feel that the SEIS was issued before all the relevant information was available.

 

The Cultural and Historic impact that will result from this proposed project have not been considered properly. The relevant information is still not available.  The SEIS should not have been issued until a thorough study of the cultural and historical sites on the proposed project area was completed.

 

The SEIS “dilutes” impacts by saying that the impacts are “small” because only part of the project area is involved.  The impacts are large to the affected areas, and that is what should be considered. The Cheyenne River and its water shed are within a few miles from the proposed mining area. Our house wells and livestock wells all share the same aquifer that is to be used to inject the waste water from the project.

 

The SEIS only includes the impacts of a 100-year flood, and some facilities are allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  A 500-year flood should be considered.  No facilities should be allowed within the 100-year flood boundaries.  Vigorous, overland and stream flooding is common in the Black Hills.

 

The SEIS says that impacts are “small” in a number of instances because Powertech Uranium has said it will do certain things if problems develop.  The SEIS should not consider only the “best case” impacts, but should consider impacts if the problems found at other ISL projects develop.  The public and the environment should be protected from worst case impacts.

 

Besides over 600 wild horses, IRAM also has a herd of Red Angus Cattle and over 100 domestic horses, chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. We are greatly concerned over the potential exposure to radiation for all of these animals.

 

The SEIS lists a number of things that Powertech should do before it starts its operation, such as air dispersion modeling, livestock radiation sampling, pump testing, creating well field operational plans, and setting up emergency procedures for truck accidents.  These activities should be completed before a SEIS is issued, so that the public can have full information on which to base its comments, and so that the NRC can have full information on which to base its ratings of various impacts.

 

Due to the high desert environment, this area is very susceptible to lightning strikes and wild fires. This summer alone there were months of fires in the local area of the proposed mining.

 

The environmental impacts of wildfires, which are common in the immediate area of the proposed project, should be considered, including potential impacts if a fire strikes mining, pipelines, overhead power lines, and processing buildings.

 

The SEIS does not acknowledge environmental justice, cultural, and historical concerns that include Lakota treaty rights to the proposed project area and the fact that a number of Native American tribes consider the Black Hills to be sacred.

 

Bald eagles, sage-grouse, whooping cranes, and black-footed ferrets are all threatened or endangered wildlife species that could be negatively impacted by the proposed project.  Wildlife is simply expected to disperse and go elsewhere.  This creates undue hardship on sensitive species.

 

All ponds, including radium settling ponds, and areas where wastewater is applied to the land are threats to wildlife, particularly birds.

 

Public hearings should be held after full information is available on the proposed project.  Hearings held elsewhere during the writing of the NRC’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement are not adequate to this specific project.

 

Because the state no longer has regulatory authority over ISL mining, the federal government’s plans for monitoring the project should be clearly explained in detail, so that the public can determine whether monitoring will be adequate.

 

All data provided by Powertech Uranium should be independently verified.  It is not in the public interest to have the proposed project’s benefits and problems judged based almost entirely on data provided by the company seeking a permit.

 

The applicant has never mined uranium.  They do not have anything close to the resources necessary to create a mine.  The inexperience of the company and its lack of funding are important variables in the company’s ability to manage the environmental aspects of the proposed project and should be discussed in the SEIS.

 

The SEIS indicates that 30% of the water treated through the reverse osmosis process will become waste.  The impacts of the removal of this water from local aquifers should be discussed much more clearly.

 

All of the above facts about the Dewey Burdock project and the SEIS clearly affect the Institute of Range and American Mustang Programs and Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The Uranium Mining would endanger the wildlife, the mustangs, the water supplies, the land and all the people that are on the land.

 

This matter of allowing Uranium Mining and using the water from an already delicate ecosystem must be considered and analyzed from all dangers and risks. Science tells us what a situation is but it is up to the humans involved to make the decisions. Once this area is exposed the Uranium Mining there is no turning back the clock to undo the mistakes.

 

Our policy at IRAM is that man is the caregiver of the Earth and all of its beings and no one has the right to contaminate or pollute the environment. There are no second chances at life if the water, land, wildlife, people and history of an area are destroyed by Corporate Greed.

 

There is something very great at stake here in the Black Hills of South Dakota and we ask you please to consider the dangers and consequences of the Dewey-Burdock project of what it can and might to do to the very water we drink and the land we live on.

Sometimes in life the risk is just not worth taking. Please help us keep our land and water safe.

 

Sincerely,

Dayton O. Hyde

IRAM President / Founder

January 1 2013

 

 

 

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde and the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Sometimes the book of faces is just perfect for exploring interconnectedness–especially when it brings all sorts of interesting people and places right to your news feed no hunting required. Beautiful images of horses being horses at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota caught my attention a while back. Today they brought my attention to the film Running Wild: the Life of Dayton O. Hyde which is showing at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 18-24, 2013.  Apparently there’s more going in Utah than Peaceful Uprisings. Film site : http://www.runningwildfilm.com/

Slamdance website: http://www.slamdance.com/    Information on film festival and writing competition via the link. Slamdance is also on Facebook.

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde runs at Slamdance Jan. 19 & 22, 2013

Full Motion Pictures Presents “Poet on the Prairie” which provides more than a film teaser length look at the content of Running Wild.  For more Full Motion Pictures: http://www.youtube.com/user/FullMotionPictures

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary:  http://www.wildmustangs.com/  Discover information and  wonderful photographs of horses on their Facebook page.

Dayton O. Hyde:  http://www.daytonohyde.com/

Wild Horse Channel on the tubes of you:  http://www.youtube.com/WildHorsesChannel . Get some music with mustangs –view more of Josefina, Nina and Gabriella enjoying life.  Here’s Don Juan’s dancing to catch your fancy:

Here’s my favorite horse poem so far.  Please share your favorite horse poems, photographs, videos and/or films via the comments.

devotees

slowly he disappears among the penned ponies

knowing and yet wishing not

the tents, uniforms, guns

wary of even his own now

aware their life fabric has been brutally sliced

soft mouths nuzzle his hands

he inhales ever reliable horse scents

cares not for calico, coffee or coins

long tails twitch and flick as he moves among them

keen to his warrior man smell

as willing to push their all beyond the limits

as he

wind racing

foreign tongue streams nearby

ripping good hearts into rancid meat

furthest away surrounded by hooves, manes, hot breath

blows against his neck

stars safe above

spring grass under feet

he drinks their peace

they eat his pain

whispering

we are one

crazy horse

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