Media, Music and Movies ~ For Uranium Mining On Navajo Land, Plus Snow From Sewage

Yes, it’s Monday. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. It’s national beer drinking day for a lot of folks.

But it’s also another day in the ongoing fight against uranium mining and its consequences everywhere from the past to the present.

On March 14, 2014 independent journalist Amy Goodman reported from Flagstaff, Arizona about the ongoing environmental and health issues connected with uranium mining and its long-term consequences for the Dine ~ Navajo people.  The main portion of her video report is posted here but there is a great deal more information and related coverage on Democracy Now!’s site.  Part of the Democracy Now! broadcast discussed the use of music and film by to raise awareness and share information regarding issues.  To supplement DN!’s coverage I’ve included two videos featuring Klee Benally’s music and an informative video about Outta Your Backpack Media which teaches Indigenous people how to make and use movies to address the need for media justice and coverage in their communities.  There’s a trailer for the film The Return of Navajo Boy which is referenced in the news piece.  The film’s website –> http://navajoboy.com/.  Democracy Now!’s page for the story also includes links to information and related stories. 

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Without Water & Weather Changes ~ Klee Benally

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http://kleebenally.com

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“A Slow Genocide of the People”  Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy On Indigenous Land  

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Democracy Now! A Daily Independent News Hour  —  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/14/a_slow_genocide_of_the_people

http://www.democracynow.org

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Outta Your Backpack

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The Return of Navajo Boy Trailer

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This is a trailer for the award-winning documentary film, “The Return of Navajo Boy.” See its official website for more information:http://www.navajoboy.com

Also see Groundswell Educational Films website:

http://groundswellfilms.org

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Song of the Sun ~ Klee Benally

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What part of sacred don’t you understand?

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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

Clean Water Alliance Meeting on July 13. Everyone is welcome. Rapid City, South Dakota. Fight Uranium Mining.

Public Service Post for the Black Hills South Dakota Clean Water Alliance:
Greetings —
Please plan on attending the Regional uranium opposition meeting on Saturday, July 13.  This will start at 9:00 am at the Rapid City Public Library.  We expect people to attend from CO, WY, SD, and NE.  This is not just for people who are already active on this issue (although we expect to see those folks).This meeting is for everyone and would be an excellent meeting for you to attend if you have not been deeply involved in this issue, but want to learn more.  There will be people who are opposing existing mines, who want to stop new mines, and who have successfully stopped a mine.
We will share information about what the many organizations who are working against uranium mining are doing.  We will have an educational segment from Debra White Plume of Manderson, SD.  She always has interesting things to say about water, activism, and moving forward.  And we will have a potluck lunch.  If you know what you’ll be bringing, let me know, and we’ll try to be sure all bases are covered.  Then we will spend part of the afternoon strategizing and figuring out how we can continue to work together.
We should be done by about 3:00, but we have the room until 4:00, if people want to hang around and visit.
Coffee and juice will be available.  If you need gas money, let me know.  Clean Water Alliance is always ready to support those who have to come from a distance, but I need to know ahead of time, so I come prepared.
Let me know if you have any questions.  See you there!
Lilias
South Dakota
 Clean Water Alliance
http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/

Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, FLOW and Powertech– Does anyone really NEED another uranium mine?

Okay, here are a few information items from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota regarding their ongoing effort to stop uranium mining in the Black Hills by Powertech. Take note that donations of ANY amount are requested by the Clean Water Alliance in order to enable the hiring of expert witnesses concerning the dangers of uranium mining.  There is a link to an expert example. Take note that Powertech (p.31) wants water for FREE.  Now if anyone else is using water we pay for it. Why should a uranium mining company get water at no charge? Oh and NO accountability or responsibility for any environmental damages either.  What do I know?  Not much. But Lilias Jarding of CWA knows a thing or two:
Black Hills Clean Water Alliance   http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
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Greetings —

Last Friday, we had the prehearing on Powertech’s application for two water permits and a ground water discharge permit (to spray waste water on the ground).  The good news is that the actual hearing on the applications before the state Water Management Board will not occur the week of March 18.  It will be postponed, which gives us more time to prepare.

However, hiring the experts we need for the hearings costs money — lots of money.  Our experts will talk specifically about how Powertech’s proposed project would damage groundwater and the land.  We have to have experts to oppose Powertech’s applications effectively.  We know who we want to hire, and it will cost over $15,000.  So we need both small and large donations to help us raise that money.

We also need general operating funds.  Clean Water Alliance is an all-volunteer organization, so your donations go directly to work against uranium mining in the Black Hills region.  Every bit helps.  Please give what you can.

Please  CLICK HERE TO DONATE and pass this message along to others who might be willing to help.

Your support is gratefully received.

For anyone who hasn’t seen them, here is the link to the comments by Dr. Robert Moran on the draft Supplemental Impact Statement prepared by Powertech.  These are the type of comments we would like our experts to do for the water permits hearing.  And this is why we are raising money —

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The next Heartland Film Society screening will be “Flow” on Monday February 25, 2013. It will be at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City at 7 pm. Admission is $7.00. The screening is co-sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of Dakota Rural Action. The film is about water and how important it is to protect it from corporations, both in the U.S. and internationally. It documents how local grassroots organizing can be effective. There will be a panel discussion afterwards with Debra White Plume, Bruce Ellison, and Becky Leas. They will be discussing the proposed uranium mining by Powertech in the Southern Black Hills.

Please come out and support this very important event. Bring a      friend or three. Thank you very much.       Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain and your Heartland Film Society      Committee.  http://heartlandfilm.wordpress.com/

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Greetings —

The next Clean Water Alliance meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m.  We’ll be meeting at Seattle’s Best coffeeshop’s meeting room again, as the library is not available.  The coffeeshop is located at the corner of 6th Street and St. Joseph Street — on the first floor of the Alex Johnson Hotel in downtown Rapid City.

See you there!

Lilias

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Another reprieve for Powertech —

http://www.powertechexposed.com/

Powertech to raise $1.5 million from secret “strategic” investors

Posted February 18, 2013

Once again, Powertech CEO Dick Clement has saved the Canadian penny stock company from bankruptcy by convincing “strategic” investors to buy up to 15 million shares for $0.10 each, according to a February 12 news release.

The unidentified strategic investors would purchase units consisting of one common share of Powertech and one share purchase warrant. One warrant entitles the investor to purchase one additional share for $0.20 for a period of three years.

The gross proceeds of the proposed private placement are only $1.5 million, but would allow Powertech to survive for another four months, assuming a cash burn rate of $400,000 per month.

Unlike financial investors who invest solely to realize a return on their investment, strategic investors are typically operating companies in the same or similar industries that seek to create synergies with their investments.

Strategic investors often expect to assume a degree of control over the investee company, and in many cases intend to acquire the company.

Since Powertech is in the midst of seeking multiple federal and state permits for the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine, one would think that the disclosure of the potential future management of the company would be of interest to affected landowners, regulators, and investors.

But in typical fashion, Powertech has chosen to conceal the identities of the strategic investors.

Interestingly, Powertech has changed the description of the company that appears at the end of its news releases. After repeated challenges on this website to provide supporting evidence, Powertech has removed the following statement from its news releases:

“The Company’s key personnel have over 200 years of experience in the uranium industry throughout the United States, and have permitted more than a dozen in-situ operations for production.”

The February 12 news release includes the new language:

‘The Company’s key personnel have in-situ uranium experience throughout the United States and worldwide.”

JW

News release – “Powertech Announces Private Placement” – Powertech Uranium Corp. – February 12, 2013 (P

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