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( April 8, 1998)
SDSM& T NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT TO PRESENT PROGRAM ON MISSOURI RIVER WILDLIFE HABITAT MITIGATION BILL ON MONDAY, APRIL 13
Tawney White Calf, a senior Interdisciplinary Sciences major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will present a program on Senate Bill 1341, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and State of South Dakota Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Act. Her presentation will begin at 7: 00 p. m. in the Surbeck Center Bump West Lounge and is open to the public. The free program is being sponsored by the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center Rapid City Chapter, the Prairie Hills Audobon Chapter, and the Black Hills Group of the Sierra Club.
Tawney White Calf has been presenting programs for ten years on indigenous issues, including a forum on racism at The Journey Museum last November. In addition to presenting tribal and native concerns on S. 1341, she also will discuss the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and Collective Consciousness during her program at SDSM& T this Monday evening. Joining Tawney White Calf in the presentation will be Phyllis Young, a water rights expert from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Dr. Paul Robertson, a professor at Oglala Lakota College who attended a meeting in Washington, DC, on this legislation.
S. 1341, which was introduced last October by U. S. Senator Tom Daschle, proposes wildlife habitat mitigation for lands inundated by the Pick- Sloan reservoirs along the Missouri River. Senator Daschle and Governor Janklow jointly announced the mitigation plan in January of 1997. Under the proposed plan, five Indian reservations along the Missouri River would join the State of South Dakota to claim shares of wildlife habitat mitigation funds and lands originally taken by the Army Corps of Engineers that are now considered excess lands for the Pick- Sloan hydropower system needs. The mitigation funds would come from interest on trust funds built with federal hydropower generation revenues.
Two tribal councils, Cheyenne River and Lower Brule, have passed resolutions in support of S. 1341, while tribal councils on the Standing Rock, Oglala Sioux ( Pine Ridge), Crow Creek and Rosebud reservations have opposed S. 1341 in its present form. In addition, the South Dakota Attorney General and private landowners have lodged objections to key provisions in the legislation.
Following Tawney White Calf’s presentation outlining tribal and other concerns with the mitigation plan as currently written, an opportunity for audience discussion will be provided. For additional information about the program, contact the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center at ( 605) 882- 2822.
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