September 11, 2016 at 3:13 am (environment, Indigenous People, issues, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Army Corp of Engineers, Bakken, Energy Transfer Partners, Native Americans, Pipeline, Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock, White House
October 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm (books, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, living, Native Americans, people, politics, quests, random, relationships, satire, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, Buzzfeed, Colorado, Columbus Day, creative writing, Democracy Now, dialogue, dramatic dialogue, education, exploring interconnectedness, fact, history, Howard Zinn, Indigenous People, internal monologue goes external, Issues, journalism, lie, media, Mexican American Studies, mind control, Native Americans, Noriega, poltics, protests, Sandro Botticelli, satire, Writing, Young Turks
~In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue~
He was Bad News for the Taino People ~
But some people don’t want to think about that reality.
Because then they’d have to learn a new history.
~Ooops–but isn’t history supposed to be true and honest?
Depends on who is using which facts to support which version of what happened.
~Are you saying people manipulate facts to suit their own agendas?
Me? Why would I ever say something like that? It might be politically incorrect, and we can’t have that, can we?
~Hmm, but what’s Politically Correct for one group isn’t necessarily PC for another group. And people do have a tendency to abuse PC everywhere in order to create conflict and sometime even abuse other people who had no intentions of abusing anyone. There’s been some very rough irony involved in demands for PC over the years.
No way! Who would do something like that?
~Who doesn’t? Come on, look at the conservative media, the scared shitless media, the controlled media, the alternative media, the foreign media, the underground media, the social media–everyone spins everything to suit their vision of reality, right?
Do you think that’s what pissed off those high school kids in Colorado so much that they pretested in the streets about changes in what history would be taught?
~What do you think?
I’m not sure yet. But–I do recall what happened in Arizona with the Mexican-American Studies program being shut down because it presented a different viewpoint of history than what the TPTB wanted taught in schools.
~Hey, are you saying there’s a conspiracy to teach lies in American schools?
Look, I don’t go in for conspiracy theories. But I don’t think this is a coincidence either. Maybe it’s just like minds acting out in similar ways. Or not.
~ Like minded people, right. Ah ha.
Lie. Lie. Lie.
Deny lying and lie some more.
Because if the truth is known the people might rebel.
There’s a very good chance they’ll refuse to be cannon fodder.
They might even learn other languages in order to talk to the rest of the world about issues that affect everyone.
Howard Zinn on Honesty In History
Humor ~~ Warning! Contains Sarcasm, Irony and Questioning of Authority
If you’re still in the dark about the history curriculum issue in Colorado:
As for the Mexican-American Studies Program in Arizona, check this out from Buzzfeed’s David Noriega:
Am I spinning the facts? Me? No way. Why would I do something like that?
A few of the many Italian things I really like:
Friendly Italian people
Sandro Botticelli, artist ~ http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/
~~No, I’m not going to talk about the Pope or the Vatican. One should never discuss religion. It’s very Un-PC. Or it used to be. I’m not sure anymore.
November 22, 2013 at 2:10 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, films, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, living, movies, Native Americans, people, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: abortion, Amnesty International, Canada, Cecilia Fire Thunder, choices, film, human rights, independent, Independent Lens, Indigenous, Indigenous women, Issues, Lakota, law, Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Maze of Injustice, Native Americans, people, Pine Ridge Reservation, rape, sexual violence, South Dakota, Stolen Sisters, Turtle Talk, violence, women, Young Lakota
Heads up, documentary film, Young Lakota to air on Independent Lens on November 25, 2013.
I am wondering how in-depth this documentary will delve into the ongoing issues facing young Lakota –especially young Lakota women. From the trailer it appears to address at some level the sexual violence endured by many Indigenous women. I’ve provided links to two very important documents created by Amnesty International. Depending on your awareness of the issues they may or may not prove to be very disturbing reading. I think they’re required reading for anyone entering into a serious discussion of violence, abortion, and sexual issues concerning Indigenous women–and all others as well.
I discovered this information about the film via a post by Matthew L. M. Fletcher on Turtle Talk http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/young-lakota-documentary-to-premiere-on-pbs-independent-lens-nov-25/
As I could not get the video on the link via TT to work properly I ventured to the tubes of you for an alternative which is posted here. I’ve included the links cited on Turtle Talk as well.
Three young people living in the Pine Ridge Reservation try to forge a better future. When the first female President of Oglala Lakota defies a South Dakota law criminalizing abortion by vowing to build a women’s clinic in their sovereign territory, the three young tribe members are faced with difficult choices
Young Lakota website http://younglakota.tumblr.com/
10 .m. EST, Monday, Nov. 25, on PBS’s Independent Lens. The film chronicles Tribal President Cecelia Fire Thunder’s challenge to a proposed abortion ban in South Dakota, and the political awakening she inspires in Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.Young Lakota was an Official Selection at the Big Sky Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at Cine Las Americas and the Smithsonian Showcase.
November 17, 2013 at 8:41 am (art, buddhism, creative writing, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, films, history, Indigenous People, life, living, movies, music, Native Americans, people, photography, poetry, Poland, politics, random, religion, searching, thinking, Tibet, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: billy elliot, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chopin, Cry Freedom, dance, dancing, Dave Matthews, Django Unchained, electricity, Elton John, exile, films, free, freedom, FreeDUMB, history, John Trudell, Kundun, living, movies, music, Native Americans, personal, Philip Glass, poem, poetry, Poland, Poland's Dirge, political, private, random, religion, resistance, song, Song of the French Partisan, soundtrack, spirituality, theme, Tibet, war, Writing
is a not a package bought in a store
often fought for
mental, physical, political, social, spiritual, emotional . . .
wars in many forms
outworn hearts torn
if everyone wants to be free
why aren’t we?
Song Of The French Partisan via Buffy Sainte Marie
Freedom ~~ Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton frrom Django Unchained soundtrack
“FreeDUMB” John Trudell
Billy Elliot film images
Lyrics: Billy Elliot the Musical “Electricity” by Elton John
Kundun music by Philip Glass
“I will liberate those not liberated. I will release those not released. I will relieve those unrelieved. And set living beings in nirvana.”
Cry Freedom by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Poland’s Dirge by Chopin
Chopin left Poland around 1830, just before the uprising of the Polish people against the government… This song, which was never meant to be published, was one of the songs that he composed for friends and private occasions, or just for himself… although it was not dated, I think it was about the tragic end to that uprising, when he was afraid for his family and friends still in Poland, and for the Polish people, and their hopes for freedom… Aleksandra Kurzak sings this patriotic song with a lovely legato line and a heartbreaking and exquisite sensitivity to the text and music…
Nelson Goerner is her excellent accompanist.
The words are important – here they are in English
Tree, so free and noble, fast thy leaves are falling!
From the grave a bird with mournful note is calling:
O! Poland misfortune hate thy home o’ertaken,
thy truehearted children from death shall never waken,
Ev’ ry town and village lonely watch is keeping,
Through the fields deserted wander women weeping,
All the sturdy reapers hath the wartime needed,
And the corn, fully ripened drop the grains unheeded
Warsaw saw the banners which our youths unfolded
Free united Poland shall in glorious form be molded.
And they fought in winter, fought when suns were burning
and the autumn found us still for freedom yearning
All in vain for freedom strove our valiant brothers
None were left to comfort Poland’s mourning mothers.
Did they fall in battle? Captive were they taken?
Did they haply wander homeless and forsaken?
Heaven itself hath left us, left us here to languish:
God and man desert us in our bitter anguish
O! unhappy Poland! unhappy Poland! O! Poland, O! Poland,
Were thy sons restored to us, could the brave that perished
Help once more afford us… All dismay and terror
from our breast would vanish, war no more our dear ones
from our homes would banish.
Though by hands of traitors, Poland’s freedom perish,
Still of Poland’s heroes shall the mem’ry flourish..
For information about when Poland was partitioned and ceased to exist –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland
(note: all of this may change w/o notice as I reserve the right to revise freely)
Thanks to Johnny I have learned that we have a new player! Welcome, D.S. Nelson. I swiped Johnny’s live links for your cyber blogging ease. 🙂 Do not miss the lovely Sea song at Johnny’s blogcasa–what a voice!
October 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Bobby Russell, business, Canada, David Alward, Democracy Now, documentary, earthquakes, Ellen Gabriel, Energy, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, film, First Nations, Fracking, gas, Gasland, Idle No More, independent, independent media, Indigenous, industry, josh Fox, journalism, Mi'kmaq, Miles Howe, music, Native Americans, natural, natural gas hydraulic fracturing, New Brunswick, news, Petition, politics, protest, protests, radio news, RCMP, Saturday Morning Confusion, shale, solidarity actions, song, The Real News, Yes magazine
It’s Saturday morning.
I wish all confusion was so amusing.
Lots of folks are confused about a lot of things like climate change and fracking. A great deal of this confusion has been-man made by industries interested in profits by all the usual means and then some. Hmm. Yes, people who have vested interests in making money are very good at marketing their game plans. They are experts at spin and illusion and delusion all in order to create more confusion which keeps people from doing anything about anything. They are very happy when people adhere to: Go play nice with your five hundred channels on the plasma screen flat tv taking up half the wall space in your living room.
Living room. Hmm. Just for a moment consider the word living and if that’s what anyone who is captivated by hours and hours of advertising and junk-food for the mind is really doing. Is that living? Hmm. Sure, I guess as long as you’re eating, breathing, sleeping and watching television in some form, technically you’re alive and living. Oops, getting distracted here. Need to stay on track.
Confused? Okay. No problem. I make no promises to clarify anything. But I am happy to stir the pot. I’m not a scientist. But I can read, write and surf cyber-space okay. And without further ado let’s meet some people from New Brunswick compliments of The Real News.
Uploaded on Oct 18, 2013
New Brunswick Mounted Police deploy rubber bullets and tear gas, arrest 40 protesters for blockading highway.
See more videos: http://therealnews.com
More from a reporter arrested at the scene:
“An Insider’s View on the RMCP raid on the Mi’ kmaq encampment
By Miles Howe, halifax.mediacoop.ca
October 18th, 2013
Are you wondering what the people in New Brunswick are protesting?
Earthquakes for everyone! Listen closely to the definition of ‘fresh water’.
Safe? Huh? What’s your idea of safe?
Oh, please take note this is from MarathonOilCorp The industry likes everyone to feel good. 🙂 It’s all safe. It’s all good. It all works perfectly. Smiley faces and jobs for everyone.
Hmm, I’m pretty sure I know why the comments for this video have been disabled. )
Go away Mr. Gasland you’re not welcome.
Discover Democracy Now!
The clip above was Published on Jul 12, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org – Scientists are warning that the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may lead to far more powerful earthquakes than previously thought. Fracking injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. A new study published Thursday in the journal Science by a leading seismology lab warns that pumping water underground can induce dangerous earthquakes, even in regions not otherwise prone to tremors. The new report comes as Academy-Award-nominated director Josh Fox has released the sequel to his highly acclaimed documentary “Gasland,” which sparked a national discussion on fracking. The new film, “Gasland, Part 2” exposes how the gas industry and the government’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is highly suspect. He also discusses how drilling companies have admitted to having several former military psychological operations, or “psyops” specialists on staff, applying their skills in Pennsylvania to counter opponents of drilling. “What’s really disappointing about this is that this is a moment, when an American president has come forward and spoken about climate change, and exhibited his obvious and earnest desire to take on the problem, however, the emphasis on frack gas makes this plan entirely the wrong plan,” says Fox, noting that methane released from fracking sites is more potent than other greenhouse gases. “Moving from coal to frack gas doesn’t give you any climate benefit at all. So the plan should be about how we’re moving off of fossil fuels and onto alternate energy.”
See more Josh Fox interviews and fracking reports on Democracy Now! at
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Well, would you drill a hundred foot deep hole into your kitchen floor and pour water, sand and a chemical cocktail down it? Would you?
Idle No More Solidarity Actions:
48 ELSIPOGOTG ANTI-FRACKING SOLIDARITY ACTIONS
30 Actions in Solidarity
Contact the New Brunswick Premier to express your concern over the government and RCMP’s actions against the Mi’kmaq.
Sign the Lead Now Petition: Tell the RCMP: Don’t violently intervene in peaceful First Nations protests.
Learn about some of the background on the Elsipogtog resistance: http://sacredfirenb.wordpress.com/
–from Yes! Magazine The need for peaceful coexistence and much more.
Yes, New Brunswick, London is watching.
Wolves: Musical Theme Selection~~ Complete with a sleigh ride and “bells” ~Only in Poland, of course.
October 11, 2013 at 5:14 am (art, creative writing, culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, life, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, photography, poetry, Poland, politics, random, religion, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: action, activism, anime, art, bearspawprint, biodiversity, creative, culture, death, documentary, environment, film, films, Good Wolf, Grey Wolf, guides, Howling for Justice, humans, hunting license, hunts, In the Valley of the Wolves, Issues, Johnny Ojanpera, Leslie White, Living With Wolves, movie, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, Northwood Wolf Alliance, photography, poem, poetry, Poland, predators, protection, slpmarting, spirit, spirituality, the Mountains Will Remember, theme, videos, watercolor, White Fang, Willowdot21, Wolf Army, Wolfwatcher, wolves, Wolves Touch, Writing, Yeha Noha
by Leslie White http://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/
hot paws clawing
succulent mud digits seeps
moon flower lake lights
Bearspawprint’s music theme selection, Wolves, can’t quite speak for themselves. They’re being hunted by “us” for no sane reason. “6,000 permits to kill 625 wolves”? What is that about? Wolves need our help to survive. In addition to the music there are links to groups on Facebook for more community alliance information and actions. I’ve included two extra films for more information and education.
If you’re on the fence or indifferent, consider this: which predator is wiping out the other species on the planet?
Off the fence yet?
Howling for Justice http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/
Wolves Touch ~ The Mountains Will Remember
Wolves are VERY intelligent, probably in the top 10 of the World’s most intelligent creatures.
However, they are also in the top 10 most MISUNDERSTOOD animals. Save the wolves before it is too late!
Wolf – Native American – Sacred Spirit – Yeha Noha
– En Compagnie Des Loups
– Sacred Spirit
Wolf Song Celtic version I Am the Vocie by Celtic Woman
“You Can’t Take Me” Wolf’s Rain
Anime Wolves “Bring Me To LIfe”
Song:Bring me to Life
Copyright of Evanescence
This video was made for entertainment uses only!!!!!
White Fang by Disney
Our mission is to convey the true nature of the wolf and correct the misconceptions spawned by fairy tales, legends, fear-mongering, semantics, and willful misinformation maligning the wolf by private and political agendas.
* They let an out-of-state coal mining company work behind closed doors to help write the iron ore mining bill.* And you can put the 2012 wolf hunt law on the list of Wisconsin legislative legerdemain, according to comments in minutes of a public, all-day, April 21, 2012 Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholders Committee meeting in Wausau.
Twenty representatives from the DNR, and a wide variety of environmental, Native American, conservation, animal, hunting, and other organizations attended the meeting, along with DNR facilitators and additional staffers.
Oregon’s OR-7 has garnered national headlines and even his own Twitter handle after making his way from Oregon into the Golden State and now back.But new map shows how radio-collared Washington wolves have been tracked sojourning great distances, as well.
Read more: http://earthfix.opb.org/flora-and-fauna/article/washingtons-own-wandering-wolf/
September 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm (culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, life, Native Americans, politics, publishing, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: blog, books, culture, education, history, Inconvient Indian, Indigenous, Issues, life, Los Angeles, Native Americans, people, random, reviews, Thomas King, Turtle Talk
Need some Joy and Resolve? Discover Peaceful Uprising: Idle No More, Tar Sands, Library Intel, Volunteers, Moccasins in Action.
September 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, journalism, Lakota, life, music, Native Americans, nature, Pine Ridge Indian reservation, politics, random, religion, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Chapman LIbrary, climate justice, culture, future, Idle No More, Indigenous, Lakota, library, life, Native Americans, nature, news, Peaceful, Peaceful Uprising, people, Poltuck, Principles, random, safe space, students, Tar Sands, Univeristy of Utah, Uprising, Utah, volunteers
Monday, September 9 4 to 7 p.m. U of U Union Patio
Want to learn more about indigenous struggles that continue across North America and beyond? And show solidarity with all indigenous peoples fighting for their lives? Students at the U of U and others who have been active with the Idle No More movement are hosting this event, which will teach people about the struggles of the Lakota people of Pine Ridge who are fighting the Keystone XL pipeline and the liquid genocide of their people. If you’re an ally, this is a great chance to deepen your understanding of climate justice! https://www.facebook.com/events/175001062682627/
Chapman Library: Monday, September 16
577 S 900 W
Day-Riverside Library: Monday, September 30 1000 N 1575 W
Our campaign to block tar sands development is about climate justice. We’re fighting for the survival of people down the Colorado River, from ourselves to the delta communities. This presentation will deepen your understanding of how defeating tar sands, oil shale, and other forms of extreme extraction are integral to the cause of furthering climate justice.
This holds particular relevance to residents of the Wasatch Front. Tar sands refining has begun in North Salt Lake, and it could scale up dramatically in the coming years if the mining proceeds in Utah.
We’ll create a space for sharing fears, concerns, and ideas. You’ll learn what PeaceUp has been doing to protect our shared resources. You’ll also get connected with people who are working on projects you might want to get involved with!
Please RSVP on the Facebook event, or just show up!
Volunteer opportunities abound! We need your help now more than ever, to defeat tar sands and forge a livable future. We’re calling on everyone in our beloved community to ask themselves if they have any time to give to further the cause of climate justice this month. Every hour helps, and there are boatloads of ways to get involved.
We’re now recruiting for a robust list of volunteer positions! They’ll provide you with excellent organizing experience, a deeper understanding of climate justice, and the satisfaction of serving a vital role in a campaign that’s protecting our future. These are just a few of the positions we’re recruiting for!
- Community Events Coordinator Plan a fun monthly community event for the broader PeaceUp community each month, and spread the word!
- Bold School Publicist Promote the PeaceUp Bold School by arranging radio spots, writing press releases, and making short presentations to various groups.
- Research Specialist Enhance our existing knowledge of tar sands and oil shale, and related governmental processes, by conducting research on these issues.
CANVASSING AND POTLUCK!
Tuesday, September 17 AND Tuesday, September 24
Meet at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Rose Park, at 1400 Goodwin Ave.
Come canvassing in the Rose Park community to let them know about an upcoming presentation on tar sands and climate justice at the local library! Invite them to get involved with the campaign or just attend, learn, and share.
These TWO canvassing opportunities will give us a chance to meet lots of community members living near refineries, who could be affected most directly by the impacts of tar sands on air quality. Afterward, we’ll meet up for a potluck!
RSVP on the Facebook event, or just show up!
Folks from Peaceful Uprising and allies recently traveled to the Moccasins on the Ground nonviolent direct action training camp in eastern Montana. Here, they shared skills and built alliances with an indigenous community working to halt coal extraction on their land. Numerous Moccasins on the Ground training camps have been happening since last winter, and by serving as an important resource for these camps, PeaceUp is building strong alliances with indigenous groups throughout the region. Together, we’re standing strong against all forms of extreme extraction and living our belief in climate justice.
The group also traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in the territory known as South Dakota to help Lakota allies blockade liquor stores and deliveries in the “town” of White Clay, which exists just outside of the reservation, has 14 residents, and exists solely to profit from the continued liquid genocide of the Lakota people. These continued actions have been having a significant impact on beer deliveries to White Clay.
Watch video of the action here! http://vimeo.com/73831842
Core Principles of Peaceful Uprising
- We refuse to be obedient to injustice.
- Our human stories are extremely powerful, and genuine sacrifice has the ability to awaken and inspire others.
- We are connected to something much greater than ourselves, which has an incredible power to change the world.
- We are steadfast in our commitment to the truth.
- Our allies and strategies align with and create the healthy and just world we want to see.
- A powerful movement originates with personal transformation and a commitment to being an agent of change.
- Creating a better world is not only necessary, but makes us authentically happy people.
- We are committed to building a supportive community that empowers our members to realize their potential.
- The best response to intimidation is joy and resolve.
- We recognize a nonviolent movement as the most effective means of creating a just and healthy world.
- We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person*.
- Protecting Peaceful Uprising as an institution will never take precedent over our commitment to the fight for a healthy and just world.
Explore Peaceful Uprising –>>> http://www.peacefuluprising.org/
Clean Water Alliance Call to Legislature Action! Heads Up! Lilias Jarding has the “Bill” goodies South Dakota’s Black Hills Water Lovers Desire.
January 26, 2013 at 2:26 am (culture, education, environment, ethics, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", 141, 148, 149, 150, Bills, Black Hills, bond requirements, clean up, Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, education, In-Situ, Jarding, Lakota, legislation, legislature, Lilias, Mine, mining, monitoring, Native Americans, natural resources, penalities, Powertech, radiation eposure, Senate, South Dakota, tailings, update, Uranium, video, violations
This post concerns “Much Ado about in-situ leach uranium mining, Powertech, clean water, mine bonds, the environment and Bills.” No, not tax bills, not Mr. Bill, but bills of legislative import in South Dakota–the land of Powertech Potential Profits without accountability. Well, Lilias Jarding, who plays very nicely with the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota, has a few activist proposals for the citizens of South Dakota concerned about the potentially nasty toxifying effects of in situ uranium mining touted by Powertech and their other foreign–and American grown–cohorts. Without further ado, please take a gander at Lilias’ list of not to be missed Bills.
From the cyber-desk of Lilias Jarding, Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota,
Senate Bills 148. 149, 150–and 141.
There are now three bills in the S.D. Legislature that we need to work to support! This is great news, but now the work begins. This message contains information on how to contact your legislators to say you support the bill and information on each bill. Please read to the bottom and take action today.
The first bill, Senate Bill 148, would return state regulatory authority over in situ leach uranium mining. This is the authority that was taken away in 2011 by the bill that Powertech Uranium authored. We are FOR this bill. We want the state to regulate this type of dangerous mining, not just some distant federal officials. And we want regular monitoring of the construction, operation, and water quality at ISL mines. Without state monitoring, this regular oversight will not occur.
The second, Senate Bill 149, would change the current law. The current law gives uranium companies 30 days to report environmental violations without any penalty. Instead, under this bill, the companies would have to report environmental violations within 24 hours. We are FOR this bill. We want companies who do this dangerous type of mining to be responsible for their spills and leaks. We want problems to be reported quickly, so that corrective measures can be applied quickly.
The third bill, Senate Bill 150, is the longest. It provides additional protections that: (1) require uranium companies to return water to baseline conditions after they mine, (2) let the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources determine if it is feasible to mine safely in a particular place, (3) allow a mining permit to be denied if the company cannot demonstrate that restoration of water will work, and (4) require full restoration of water quality after mining. We are FOR this bill. We want full protection from the problems that in situ leach uranium mining has caused in other places. The mining companies say they can mine safely and without contaminating groundwater. This bill simply holds them to their word.
These are important bills, and we are lucky to have strong supporters like Senator Bradford and Representatives Heinert and Killer, who introduced these bills and will work to support them. So please take a moment to thank them. And plan to support these bills by going to Pierre, when they are up for hearings. This could happen with only a couple days’ notice, so have your gas money set aside! We’ll help arrange carpools, when the time comes.
Right now, please contact your area’s legislators and urge them to support each of these bills. You can find out who your legislators are at http://legis.state.sd.us/who/index.aspx
You can e-mail legislators at http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx You only have to write a message once and change the legislator’s name at the top and in your “Dear ___” line. If you have more than a few minutes, please contact every legislator and ask for their support.
We will be targeting the members of specific committees, as soon as the bills are assigned to committees. So watch for that.
Thanks for all you do. As usual, let me know if you have questions
Senate Bill 141
Here is another bill we need to support. It’s Senate Bill 141. It would increase the bond requirements for mining companies and would apply to Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine. The text of the bill is here: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/Bill.aspx?File=SB141P.htm. Before they start mining, companies have to post a bond to insure that the mine is cleaned up, especially if the company goes bankrupt or leaves the state. These bonds are usually way too low. This bill would require a higher bond.
Please contact the bill’s sponsors — Senators Adelstein, Rampelberg, Kirkeby, Lucas, and Tidemann and Representatives Sly, Kopp, Hunhoff (Bernie), and Shrempp — and thank them for sponsoring the bill.
Please contact your district’s legislators — and as many others as you have time to contact — and tell them you support this bill. We support this bill because we want to be sure that the state’s natural resources are protected and that South Dakota taxpayers are not left paying to clean up messes left by mining companies, as has happened so often in the past.
You can write one e-mail and send it to multiple legislators easily. To e-mail legislators, go to http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx
Thanks to all who have been writing legislators. Please also remember to spread the word to your lists.
And here is where you can find the text of each bill —