Creating Our Legacy

“The Madison and Minnelusa aquifers are two of the most important aquifers in the Black Hills.” – United States Geological Survey …. read more.

Our Alliance is a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental, and economic impacts that irresponsible mining projects would have on our communities, people, economy, and natural resources.

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The following is a Research Paper


“Complex interactions between Rapid Creek and ground water occur between Pactola Reservoir and central Rapid City. Streamflow losses west of Rapid City recharge aquifers in the Madison Limestone and Minnelusa Formation, and artesian springflow from these aquifers occurs in several locations in Rapid City.”[1]  … Download to Read more

Please give a listen as Joe Buck Colombe, Pe’Sla Buffalo Herd Manager speaks about Pe’Sla, a sacred site of the Lakota, located in the central area of the HeSapa (Black Hills).  He gives his views on the gold mining exploration happening now by the Vancouver, BC gold mining company, Mineral Mountain Resources and located just miles from this sacred site.  He explains how mining is destructive and toxic to the Natural World.

Some Background of the Pe’Sla land purchase and the fight to protect Water from MMR.

by Carla Rae Marshall, CRST Member/HeSapa Homelands  10-20-2018

PeSla, along with the entire Black Hills region was promised to The Great Sioux Nation under both the 1851/1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.  However, with the discovery of gold in the Black Hills in the late 1870s, the U.S. Government broke the treaties and the land has been illegally occupied by foreigners, gold seekers, settlers and homesteaders.  But now many of those descendants are aligning up with the Indigenous peoples to protect these homelands and water for future generations, not only here in the Dakotas, but all over the world.

In order to protect Pe’Sla, one of many sacred sites, from potentially further destructive development, four tribes and a Go-Fund Me fund raising effort took place back in 2012 that provided the necessary immediate funds to purchased the 2,300-acre parcel for about $9 million.... Read More

Recently, the South Dakota State Department of Natural Resource’s Water Rights Board gave MMR a temporary water permit that will expire on Dec. 31, 2018.  The permit is allowing this foreign mining company to withdraw approximately 88,000 gallons of water directly from Rapid Creek to the gold exploration drilling site in the Rochford/PeSla area.

Rapid Creek is the main water source for domestic usage for about 55,000 people in this region who religiously pay their municipal water bill every month.  However, this toxic mining company won’t have to pay a dime.

Email the SD DENR and tell them to stop this toxic gold exploration in this area. It’s your water too as water flows out of the Black Hills and down to the Missouri River.

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Rivers at Risk: S.D. waterways serve as dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes

This is the first in a series of stories by South Dakota News Watch on the status of South Dakota’s rivers.  Find additional stories, graphics, photographs and videos, at… read more



A struggle over a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota — far from population centers — illuminates important aspects of water issues, Native American rights, deep disposal wells, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role, and the legal issues swirling around them all. Uranium mining is an issue of national importance, because it is the first step in the nuclear chain. Without uranium mining, there could be no nuclear power or nuclear weapons. But the issues start with water. … Read more

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The Infamous 1872 Mining Law: Reform Bill Introduced

New efforts to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which is the law that permits companies to mine on federal public lands without paying any royalties. There’s more information on the and on the reform effort here — Mining Reform Bill Introduced on Anniversary of Infamous 1872 Law.

Grijalva-Lowenthal proposal would bring U.S. mining law into the 21st Century. …Read more



The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision on Friday, July 20, in the case Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Court’s decision supports the Tribe’s arguments and is an important step in protecting the Black Hills from uranium mining. Read More.


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PDF: Save Rochford

“Save Rochford and Rapid Creek” Group seeks to protect a precious Black Hills water source from gold exploration drilling and future gold mining. The central Black Hills group is opposing a gold exploration operation that would be at the headwaters of Rapid Creek and near an important Lakota Sacred site known as PeSla.  The group has started a GoFundMe account that will help pay for outreach materials such as flyers, artwork, and mailings.  Your donation will help defend against this outrage to the environment, forestall the company receiving additional permits to explore, make a template for future resistance, or even force the Forest Service to do an Environmental Impact Statement, which it has so far chosen not to do.  Wopila! [thanks given to all existence and the blessing inherent in each moment of it] Look for us on FB, @saverochford

Toxic Uranium Mining was stopped once before in the Black Hills.  We can do it again. Click on this 1980s bumper sticker to learn more.


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