Public meetings held on mine near Devils Tower
The three largest known mineable deposits of rare earths in the United States are at Mountain Pass, California (pictured), the Bokan Mountains in Alaska, and the Bear Lodge Mountains in Wyoming.
Mine is opposed by Rosebud Sioux Tribe
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News
Health & Environment Editor
SUNDANCE, Wyoming — Vancouver, Canada-based Rare Element Resources Ltd. held public information meetings July 23 and 24, revealing the company intends to dig not just one open pit, but two, in a strip mining operation “adamantly opposed” by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe near Devils Tower in the Black Hills National Forest.
More than 20 Northern Plains tribes have cultural affiliation to Devils Tower and its environs in the Bear Lodge Ranger District, according to historical documentation collected by the U.S. National Park Service, which has been in charge of protecting the Native American sacred site since President Theodore Roosevelt declared the 1,267-foot volcanic rock monolith the country’s first national monument in 1906.
“To maximize the return on our drilling investment, we will focus on Whitetail Ridge, where we have the potential to add more than one million tons of HREO-enriched material to the Bear Lodge resource with 10,000 feet of drilling,” Vice President of Exploration James Clark announced in a news release prior to the meetings in Upton and Sundance, Wyoming.
BFC Proudly Presents In the Presence of Buffalo by Dan Brister
BFC is thrilled to announce the publication of “In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter,” the long-awaited published work by BFC’s very own Dan Brister. Including a forward by celebrated grizzly bear and wildlands advocate, Doug Peacock, “In the Presence of Buffalo” is a unique and inspiring work which sheds intense light on the little known and highly inglorious history of Montana’s livestock industry and explores the deep relationship between First Nations and their buffalo relatives. Dan goes painfully deep at times, as he courageously shares honest personal accounts of losing his mother as a teenager, and his journey that ultimately led him to become one of the world’s greatest champions of wild buffalo. The power of “In the Presence of Buffalo” comes directly from Dan’s unique first-hand experiences and his incredible talent. Weaving historic documentation with the storied challenges the buffalo face and his own personal trials, Dan breathes new life into a traditional American theme. Every wild buffalo advocate should have this book.
ORDER NOW! (LINK) Proceeds directly benefit Buffalo Field Campaign, and the first 100 copies ordered through BFC’s web site (LINK) will be personally signed by Dan! (Please note that we are awaiting shipment from the publisher. Please allow four to five weeks to receive your signed copy.)
More about the book and author:
In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter is Dan’s powerful tribute to the gentle giants that still roam. This incredible, beautifully articulated work reveals so much more than the usual accounts of American buffalo that sheepishly ignore the conflict still taking place on the border between Montana and Yellowstone National Park. While numerous books about buffalo have been published, there is no other book like this one. “In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter,” absolutely stands alone, fearlessly exploring the controversial buffalo wars through not only contextual historic accounts but offers unique, intense personal first-hand experiences the author has had face to face with the gentle giants and those who seek to harm them.
Dan began his dedication to wild buffalo advocacy over sixteen years ago. While attending graduate school at the University of Montana in Missoula, an alert on a bulletin board caught his eye. It was a grim tally of wild buffalo that had been senselessly killed and a call for volunteers to stand in their defense. Each day he would check the board and the numbers would rise. Cape Cod born and bred, Dan hadn’t realized that wild buffalo still existed, much less that they were in dire straights. The buffalo called. Dan answered on a frigid, snowy Christmas night in 1997, which also happened to be his birthday. He drove his heatless 1970′s-era Volkswagon bus through the cold night for 250 miles in treacherous conditions, arriving at Buffalo Field Campaign, entering into a world that would change his life forever. Initially planning to volunteer for two weeks, he never left their cause. Sixteen years and thousands of hours in the field with wild buffalo have now passed. After his first experiences with the buffalo, Dan decided to complete his Master’s Thesis on their struggle, and the result is his first published work.
Dan has made a life commitment to protecting America’s last wild buffalo. Evolving from one of our first and most dedicated volunteers, to media coordinator, project director, serving on the board of directors, and now executive director, Dan Brister has a long history with Buffalo Field Campaign. Honor his work and help the buffalo by ordering “In the Presence of Buffalo: Stopping the Yellowstone Slaughter” today. Proceeds from the sale of In the Presence of Buffalo will directly fund BFC’s work to protect wild buffalo.
Wounded Knee: Deadline approaches
The Owner of Wounded Knee, Jim Czwcynski, plans to auction the land unless the Oglala Sioux Tribe acts by May 1.
By Brandon Ecoffey
Native Sun News Managing Editor
RAPID CITY—Very seldom does a story about Indian country garner international attention, especially one that broke in an Indian newspaper.
The story of the sale of the historical site of Wounded Knee has traveled beyond the borders of the United States and with the approaching May 1 deadline for the tribe to buy, the entire world has turned their attention to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Many tribal advocates made note of the national media attention surrounding the recently passed Violence against Women act. Tribal political pundits like Ryan Wilson (Oglala Lakota) noted that for the first time in living memory legislation impacting Indian country was at the forefront of the national news cycle. For those with a significant Native American following on Facebook and Twitter, the days leading up to the passage of the bill were filled with postings urging both lawmakers and friends to speak out in favor of the bill.
State Law vs ICWA: Baby Veronica
COURTESY/Washington Post, Jeremy Charles
Baby Veronica sits on Dusten Brown’s lap. Veronica has been with her father for more than a year, but the adoptive parents still hope for her return.
By Christina Rose
Native Sun News Associate Editor
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Veronica which has been at the center of an Indian Child Welfare Act debate since 2009. It is a classic case of “He said, She said,” according to Chrissi Ross Nimmo, Assistant Attorney General at Cherokee Nation.
The basis of the case is that the State of South Carolina laws defining paternity are trumped by ICWA. The Supreme Court has been asked to decide if the state laws that say a father must be actively involved in the baby’s life should override the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
A recent telephonic press conference presented the opinions of American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Mark Demeray, past president of the AAAA and adoption attorney in Seattle, called the case “tragic for all parties and especially the child, no matter what the outcome.” However, court records could show that the true tragedy might be the way the adoption agencies and attorneys neglected to follow ICWA from the start.
MONTANA-WYOMING TRIBAL LEADERS COUNCIL PASSES BUFFALO RESOLUTION
Document calls for viable, wild populations of migratory buffalo and for state and federal governments to uphold Treaty obligations
Contact: Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-646-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2013
(DENVER) The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council passed a resolution on March 23, 2013, which became available to the public over the weekend. The resolution urges protection of the wild, migratory buffalo in and around Yellowstone National Park and Montana.
This important resolution was brought forth to the Council by Jimmy St. Goddardd, Spiritual Leader of the Blackfeet Confederacy. St. Goddard supports the work of the wild bison advocacy group, Buffalo Field Campaign.
“Everyone that has a legal right to manage the buffalo are doing wrong, and with this resolution, the Tribes have crafted strong legal language to protect and preserve our culture and heritage.“ Said Jimmy St. Goddard, Spiritual Leader of the Blackfeet Confederacy.
The resolution urges the Governor of Montana, the Montana Legislature, U.S. Department of the Interior, Yellowstone National Park, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Forest Service, to recognize and honor their trust responsibilities and treaty obligations to American Indian Nations with cultural, religious, and treaty rights and affiliations with buffalo. The resolution urges these agencies to provide for viable populations of wild migratory buffalo (or bison) in the wildlife species’ native habitat.
St. Goddard said, “This resolution puts the agencies on notice that there has to be legal consultation with the Tribes, and a Buffalo Summit has to happen right now. The Interagency Bison Management Plan needs to be brought back to the table because it is hurting the buffalo instead of helping them.”
Download and review the four-page resolution