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Subject: FW: Please Help Bear Butte: Bars, Mufflers, Helicopters
From: “wsdp” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, June 19, 2008 9:37 am
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 9:01 PM
Subject: Bars, Mufflers, Helicopters and……Sacred Sites
We still need YOUR help and support for our petition to Protect Bear
Butte. We are currently at 859 signatures, which is great, however we
need to keep it going. Thank you to everyone that signed so far, your
support is greatly appreciated!
Our goal is to be over 2000 signatures by June 30th, which is the
deadline! Please don’t wait until the last minute to sign. The Meade
County Commissioners hearing is July 1st at 3:30.
The struggle to Protect Bear Butte continues, in addition to trying to
stop the liquor license issue, we are now battling Broken Spoke
Campgrounds new addition of helicopter rides over the Bear Butte during
bike week! We have been working non stop since it was announced this
past week, making calls and filing complaints to various agencies,
including the FAA. I have also inquired about legal assistance from NARF
and NCAI, hoping to hear back this week. This is a blatant violation of
the Native American Freedom of Religion Act. If they are allowed to fly
the helicopter over Bear Butte, regulations are only 500 to 1000 feet
above the mountain. This is harassment and must be stopped. They could
potentially be right above where a tribal member is in the middle of
ceremony and praying. Who knows what they will be doing…….taking
pictures, video, or who knows what. Everything has been put into motion
to put a stop to this, have more follow up to do in the next few days
and will keep you all posted as we go.
In the mean time, if you haven’t had a chance to sign our petition,
please take a moment to sign and forward to as many people as possible!
Our organization is continuing the campaign to Protect Bear Butte and
hope you will join us in these ongoing efforts!
Thank you again for helping to Protect Bear Butte!
In peace & solidarity,
Protect Sacred Sites Indigenous People, One Nation
“Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place
on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s
left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague
memory of a past so forgotten?”