Legacy Memorial

Honoring Our Departed Leaders

Clean Water Legacy (BHCWA’s fiscal sponsor) was recently given donations in memory of some of our former colleagues who have passed away. We want to honor our dear departed for their hard work and their passion to protect the Black Hills. Donations are in memory of:

Debra White Plume, Oglala Lakota, a long-time activist who worked with many organizations during her exemplary life, including the American Indian Movement and Women of All Red Nations. In her later years, she was leader of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) International and worked to shut down uranium mining that impacted the Pine Ridge Reservation’s people and waters. The donation in honor of Debra will support our Indigenous Communities Organizer.

Dr. Louis Redmond, a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, an Army combat veteran, and a long-time archeologist who did a lot of work in the northern Black Hills. He answered the call at no charge and provided expert testimony regarding cultural resources in the Crow Butte and Dewey-Burdock uranium mine cases. The donation in honor of Dr. Redmond will support our Northern Black Hills Organizer.

Linsey McLean, a businesswoman whose passions were raising awareness of the bio-absorption of mining-related toxics in the human body and working with impacted people to reduce these toxics. Linsey shined a light on the toll that past mining was taking on our communities and, in the process, worked to help prevent new mining. The donation in honor of Linsey will support public education on recent water testing that has shown impacts of past and current mining in the Black Hills.

Dayton Hyde, a man who wore many hats – but mainly a cowboy hat – and who spent his later years on a mission to prevent uranium mining from returning to the Black Hills. Dayton had a long, unique, and interesting life, including founding the Wild Horse Sanctuary south of Hot Springs and leading it for many years. The donation in honor of Dayton will support our work to continue the fight against the Dewey-Burdock uranium project.

We thank all those who have worked to preserve the Black Hills over the last many decades. We honor the memories of those who have passed on by continuing their work to protect the Black Hills and their waters.

We thank Aligning for Responsible Mining for thinking of us and supporting our work in this way.

To learn how you can make a bereavement donation in honor of your loved one please contact us.