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Action Alert~ Letters needed for Bear Butte


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Hello everyone,

The upcoming hearing for both NEW and renewal Malt Beverage applications will be held at Meade County Commissioners on Thursday, June 5th at 3:30 p.m.

We are requesting as many supporters as possible attend this hearing. It is important for both locals and Tribes with interest surrounding Bear Butte to attend this hearing, to voice your oppositions to this NEW license for Broken Spoke Campground, formally known as Sturgis County Line.

Many of you may already be aware, on April 14th, 2008 Jay Allen announced he was in the process of transferring Sturgis County Line, to Target Logistics Corporation dba Broken Spoke Campground, LLC. Their new General Manager David Shoe has taken over the business. Target Logistics is a multi-million dollar corporation, that has the intent of expanding and further developing Broken Spoke Campground, adjacent to Bear Butte. They recently announced they would be opening the location year round, and will be hosting biker events in June, July and August.

This issue is more critical than ever, we need your support and your opposition letters!

Enclosed is a sample letter that can be sent to Meade County, just copy and paste it into a new email and send to the provided email address for Meade County. Or create your own letter, but PLEASE use the issues in bold as your focal points, suitability of location and character are the only two legal measures, for revocation or denial of new liquor licenses or renewals.

Please don't forget to add your legal name and address in your emails, this will assure that your email is counted!

DEADLINE for letters is JUNE 4th at 5:00 p.m.

(Mountain Time)

Here is a complete list of all renewals of establishments located directly around Bear Butte:

Iron Horse Campground, Richard Arneson, Tract D & E of BH Subdivision, lying in Tract W1/2 of Sec.

32, T6N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;
Buffalo Chip Campground LLC. N1/2 NW1/4, NE1/4, Sec. 8, T5N, R6E, SW1/4, Sec.

4, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale and Off-Sale SD Wine;
Bear Butte Creek Campground, Mary Hershey Lot 2 & 3, SE1/4NW1/4, S1/2NE1/4, less portion, Sec.
5, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale; Full Throttle Saloon & Campground LLC, Lot B of Brennon Subdivision of the NE1/4, Sec. 12, T5N, R5E, BHM, Meade County, SD, On-Off Sale; Glencoe CampResort, Inc. d/b/a Double J Enterprises Glencoe Subtract B Lots 1 & 5, less 7 acres (2nd revision), Sec. 1, T5N, R5E, BHM; Lots 1 thru 5 S1/2NE1/4, Sec. 6, T5N, R6E, BHM; SE1/4NW1/4, less Tract A (2nd revision), Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM; SE1/4SW1/4 Lot 4, Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM; Lot 1 & 2, Sec. 36, T6N, R5E, BHM; less Govt. Lot 4; SE1/4 SW1/4, SW1/4 SE1/4, E1/2 NW1/4 SE1/4 of Sec. 31, T6N, R6E, BHM, E1/2 N1/2 of Govt. Lot 1 of Sec. 1, T5N, R5E, BHM, Govt. Lot 2 of Sec.
6, T5N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;
Dragpipe Saloon LLC, N1/2SE1/4 Sec.
1, T6N, R5E, BHM, Meade County, SD - On-Off Sale;
Free Spirit Campground, LLC – W1/2SW1/4NE1/4 and N1/2NW1/4SE1/4, Section 18, Township 6 North, Range 6 East, BHM, Meade County, SD (retail on-off sale malt beverage).

Crazy Coyoteys LLC., Government Lot 6 in Section 25, Township 6 North, Range 5 East, of the BHM, Meade County, SD less Fritz Subdivision thereof.

– On-Off Sale;
Ride N Rest LLC., Lot 1 & Lot 2 BH Subdivision located in the SW1/4SW1/4 of Sec.
32, T6N, R6E, BHM, Meade County, SD – On-Off Sale;

Sample Letter:
Add Today's Date: ____________

Attn: Meade County Auditor
Meade County Board of Commissioners
1425 Sherman Street
Sturgis, SD 67625
Via fax: 605-347-5925
via email:

Dear County Commissioners:

I oppose the new application for a Malt Beverage liquor license application submitted by General Manager, David Shoe dba Broken Spoke Campground, LLC. The proposed application is for a location that is unsuitable. I request that Meade County Commissioner’s deny the new application. Broken Spoken Campground, LLC formally known as Sturgis County Line, LLC lies within 2 miles North of the actual base of Bear Butte and threatens the natural and historic resources there.

The NEW Malt Beverage license application should be denied because the locations are not suitable. These large scale commercial developments invite noise and cumulative impacts of increased traffic and travel, which all stand to adversely impact the natural serenity and tranquility needed for cultural, ceremonial and other visitations to Bear Butte. They will also negatively impact the experience of people who enjoy the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources at Bear Butte.

The application should be denied on the basis that the applicants are not suitable characters to hold a beer and/or liquor license as proposed. The new application license for General Manager, David Shoe dba Broken Spoke Campground, LLC should be denied based upon unsuitable character and misrepresentation. The new investors of Broken Spoke Campground, LLC, Target Logistics Corporation, have been made fully aware of the significance and protection for Bear Butte. Issues include, the unsuitability of this location, unacceptable noise and disturbance, that this location continues to cause, to those who travel to Bear Butte who need solitude and serenity. They fail to take into account local concerns of impacts to the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources at Bear Butte. Bear Butte is a place of prayer where the natural environment needs to be free from negative influences of alcohol that could affect religious beliefs and practices of those who travel from around the world to pray.

The new investors, Target Logistics Corporation, dba Broken Spoke Campground, LLC have announced plans for additional development and expansions at Broken Spoke Campground. Their expansions include, opening all year round and hosting various rally events in June, July in addition to August. The loud noise and music from this location throughout the summer will directly effect, encroach upon and interfere with the experience of people who wish to pray and/or visit Bear Butte in seclusion. Many Native Nations and their member’s travel to Bear Butte to pray throughout the year. Bear Butte, a Historical Landmark and sacred site should be protected from the negative influences of beer, liquor and drugs.

I respectfully request for the Meade County Commissioners to DENY the new Malt Beverage license to General Manager, David Shoe and Broken Spoke Campground, LLC


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Join Native Americans to save their traditional lands from mining

Six Arizona Tribes sign letter to President Bush
to save Apache Leap, Oak Flat and Devil's Canyon

Nancy Freeman

Support Tribal Coalition opposing Land Exchange Act

Support Tribal Coalition opposing Land Exchange Act


Nancy Freeman
Groundwater Awareness League

Arizona Tribes Defy Congress

It’s a red flag. A foreign mining company, Resolution Copper, is getting U. S. Congress to pass an act, so that the foreign company can mine public land that was set aside for its uniqueness by President Eisenhower in 1955.

As if that is not enough, the foreign mining company is trading that public land for private parcels--to change its status--from private--to private land. Doing so allows the foreign mining company to avoid the public process that is mandated under the National Environmental Policy Act. One questions why the mining company is spending millions on swapping lands when other foreign mining companies are grabbing up U.S. public lands for pennies on the dollar.

A coalition of six Arizona Native American tribes has tried to circumvent the Congressional Act, which only two Arizona Congress persons are sponsoring. The Congress men have sent a letter to President Bush requesting that he continue the special status accorded to Oak Flats by then President Eisenhower and to protect the historical site.

The problem is that when the white government gave the Native Americans reservations, they often did not include their traditional sacred places. Since the white man does not honor the spirits of the ancestors, nor does the white man respect the elders, we do not understand the significance of the Native American cultural sites.

However, we do honor our heroes: Little Big Horn, where Custer lost his life, is now a National Monument. So the Arizona tribes are wondering how white man justifies turning a traditional site in Native American history over to the mining industry to be desecrated?

The beginning story of Apache Leap is the usual scenario. Calvary troops were hunting down the Indians to incarcerate them. But the end of the story created heroes. Some 75 Apache warriors were cornered on a large rock ledge. Rather than surrender, the warriors leaped off the cliff to their deaths. This cliff has been named “Apache Leap.” One holds one’s breath when passing that route—knowing the price that 75 warriors paid for freedom. Incidentally, “Apache tears,” that is, chips of black obsidian, are found in the area.

There has been an element of betrayal since the onset of the project. The Nature Conservancy and National Audubon Society—and Arizona Representative Renzi— helped pick the private lands for Resolution Copper to buy and swap for prime public land. The worst of it is the plots of land are abandoned overgrazed ranches with no aesthetic value whatsoever. Whereas, the beauty of the public land is in plain view from Highway 60 as it winds along the chasm cut out by Queen Creek. Sycamores stud its rocky banks with craggy mountains as the backdrop. Oak Flat Campground and climbing areas will also be lost and Queen Creek could be dewatered.

Another red flag is that the company, Resolution Copper, has never done any actual mining. The company was formed by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, both with questionable environmental records. Rio Tinto is the parent of Kennecott--the creator of the biggest sulfate plume in U.S. near Salt Lake. UT. BHP Billition has had so many complaints that even their stockholders are calling them to account.

Of course, the mantra of “jobs above all else” is touted by government officials, including Arizona Governor Napolitano, as an excuse for the destruction of the area. But they don’t have the facts. There are 700 mining job openings with a 25 mile radius. Another 500 jobs only 5 miles away at the new Carlota mine will be posted by the end of the year. According to Mayor Hing of nearby Superior, the populace, who are supposed to benefit economically from the mine, hope to promote tourism and get out of the boom and bust cycle of mining. Those few who are qualified for mining jobs are already working at a mine only six miles away.

An online petition to President Bush and Congress has been set up so that everyone can express their support: It’s an opportunity to speak up for Native Americans and for public lands.


Please sign on and pass it on…

To all of us concerned about Climate Change.
For your information and signing if you wish to be part of this petition. Please note this urgent request for signing this petition to help those on the ground at G8 Summit. I have already signed this.

Tia Oros Peters, Seventh Generation Fund

From: Ricken Patel -
Dear climate-saver,

Our campaign against global warming is on fire! World leaders meet at the G8+5 summit this week--and they're listening to us. Friday morning, we banged boxes of 265,000 names down on the top German negotiator's table in Berlin. Taken aback, he promised to bring our voice into the negotiations, and said he'd track how fast our petition grows. On Saturday, with another 10,000 signatures overnight, we marched at the head of the climate march in Rostock, with tens of thousands peacefully demanding urgent action. Now we're in touch with top officials from France, the UK and Brazil, all following our campaign as they decide on a strong stand.

 Let's turn the heat up even higher. Can you help us get to 333,333 voices for change--the biggest global climate petition ever--before the summit decision? One last push, together, to avert a planetary catastrophe. Take a moment and tell five friends to go to this page --

The energy here in Germany is electric. Every few hours, new reports come in as governments manoeuvre. Amidst the politics, our campaign draws a clear line: a swift global agreement with binding emissions targets.

When we met with Chancellor Angela Merkel's top representative who chairs the talks, he promised us Germany wouldn't compromise-- then on Sunday Merkel came through for us, the Brits followed suit, and now Brazil and China have joined the call for a global UN-led process. Bush has started to move but his proposals would be a step back, the US people and Congress are already way ahead of him.

The summit leaders can tell a global movement is brewing. Our petition,  this simple list of names from every corner of the globe, is a sign politicians can see and touch. These talks always come down to the wire-- so it's crucial for world leaders to know how much the global public wants them to stop the climate crisis.

The summit opens Wednesday, ends Friday. This is crunch time. So just for a moment, put aside whatever you're doing and help us get to a third of a million signatures-- urge your friends and family to sign the petition here:

We know leaders are watching. Let's make their jaws drop.

With hope,

Ricken, Paul, Ben, Graziela, Iain, Hannah, Galit and the whole Avaaz team PS: For more information about the G8 summit and the climate change negotiations, see here:

And for more about Avaaz's work on climate change at the G8 see:



Hi friends,
Please consider signing this petition and passing it along (Copy and paste the petition into your e-mail program, add your name to the petition and forward.)

Protect the Valle de San Felix in Chile from Barrick Corporation who wants to remove two important glaciers to get to the gold. At stake is the water and indigenous farmers who rely on it for their livelihood.

----- Original Message -----
From: Laura Fillmore
To: Lee Dazey ; ultrayouthag COOPERATIVE COMMUNIVERSITY ; Joe Ferguson
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:20 AM

fyi: please forward--its Barrick Gold, the desecrators working on Carrie Dann's valley now--at work in Chile.


From: "Lois kane"
Date: July 20, 2006 11:06:15 AM PDT
To: " Reno-Sparks Indian Colony"

Help for Indigenous Chilean Peoples - help if you can

Dear friends who care about our earth.
Judge for yourself if you want to take action. In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2 rivers, fed by 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it. Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide the second largest source of income for the area. Under the glaciers have been found huge deposits of gold, silver and other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of the world – and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip. The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold. The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006. The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of especially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process. Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses. The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior. Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help from international justice.

The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to start changing the world is from here. We ask you to circulate this message amongst your friends in the following way. Please copy this text, paste it into a new email adding your signature and send it to everyone in your address book. Please, will the100th person to receive and sign the petition, send it to;
to be forwarded to the Chilean Government. No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine frontier. We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the
Pascua Lama project to protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the water of the San Felix Valley and El Transito, the quality of the agricultural land of the region of Atacama, the
quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the whole population of the region.


1) Katharine Proudfoot, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2) Laura Cole, London, UK
3) David Platt, London, UK
4) Diane Platt, Manchester, UK
5) Tanya Corker, Manchester, UK
6) Nicola Hargreaves, UK
7) Nicholas Jones, UK
8) Johann Don-Daniel, Germany
9) Ashley Berger, Germany
10) Sarah Downie, Leeds, UK
11) Paula Delahunty, Bingley, UK
12) John O'Driscoll, Bingley, Uk
13) Jordan-Lee Delahunty, Bingley, UK
14) Claire Mulvey, Bradford, UK
15) Marie Malcolm Bradford, UK
16) Ann Clowes, Halifax UK
17) Jayne McGee, Brighouse UK
18) Jason Barratt Oldham UK
19) Lindsay Torrance, Rochdale UK
20) Maggie Ford, Rochdale, U.K.
21) Barry Cook, Todmorden, U.K.
22) Shelley Burgoyne, Todmorden, U.K.
23) Lisa Stuart, Potes, Spain.
24) Michael Stuart, Potes, Spain.
25) Renee Engl, Byron Bay, Australia
26) Adrian Begg, Brunswick Heads, Australia
27) Riana Begg, Brunswick Heads, Australia
28) Oriel Paterson, Brunswick Heads, Australia
29) Alicia Paterson, Brisbane, Australia
30) Lyneve Robinson, Sydney, Australia
31) Jennifer Moalem, Sydney, Australia
32) Alexandra Pope, Sydney Australia
33) Shushann Movsessian, Sydney Australia
34) Amanda Frost, Sydney, Australia
35) Chris Liddell, Sydney, Australia
36) Jade Deegan, Sydney, Australia
37) Jo Satori, Sydney, Australia
38) Philip Higson, Sydney, Australia
39 Cheryl Kemp, Dorrigo, Australia
40) Chris Peacock, Maitland, Australia
41) Gloria Peacock, Maitland, Australia
42) Helen McCall, Duns Creek, Australia
43) Raquel Carvajal, Arncliffe, Australia :-)
44) Rolando Ramos, Arncliffe, Australia
45) Martin Ramos, Paddington, Australia
46) Jade Carden, Leichhardt, Australia
47) Kira Carden, Leichhardt, Australia
48) Lilian Flores, Arncliffe, Australia
49) Juana Venegas, Enmore Australia
50) Rebeca Carmona, Illawarra, Australia
51) Osvaldo Alfaro, Illawarra, Australia
52) Gustavo Mártin Montenegro, Canberra, Australia
53) Rodrigo Andres Martin-Silva, Stanmore, Australia
54) Alison Evans, Hull, UK
55)Luci Rutledge, Leeds, UK
56) Beth Goodey, Bristol, UK
57) Kate Perryman, Bristol, uk
58) David Seneviratne, Sheffield, UK
59) Jeff Seneviratne, Manchester, UK
60) Kath Fry, Manchester, UK
61) Brian Lovatt and Joanna Tait, County Durham, UK
62) Mary Wilkinson, County Durham, UK
63) Mary Waldmeyer, Hartlepool, UK
64) Marjorie Gaudie, Northallerton, UK
65) Barbara Hungin, Egglescliffe, UK
66) Mary Walmsley, York UK
67) Gemma Simmonds, London, UK
68) Anne Garvey Cambridge UK
69) Colin Duly, Cambridge UK
70) Michael Madha, Cambridge UK
71) Marie-Lou Debrit,Schilde,Belgium
72) Wiske Van Thielen
73) Ingrid Van Linden,Belgium
74) Carlos Picón Van de Wingard, Antwerpen,Belgium
75) Steven Hofman, Mortsel, Belgium
76) Marnix De Cat, Kampenhout, Belgium
77) Koen Augustijnen, Gent, Belgium
78) Ted Stoffer, Brussels, Belgium
79) Brian Brady, London, UK
80) Catherine Mack. London, UK
81) Yashin Dujon, Belize, C.A.
82) Theresa Batty, Belize, Central America
83) Rafael Manzanero, [FCD] Belize, Central America
84) June L. Lorenzo, Laguna Pueblo, USA
85) Verna J. Teller, Isleta Pueblo, USA
86) Lois Kane (Northern Paiute Nation), Reno, NV, USA
87) Laura Fillmore, Duleshlabil, (Dresslerville) P'awa:lu', via Nevada, USA
88) Lee Dazey, Nevada, USA

Laura Fillmore