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Protect Mato Paha/Bear Butte Petition

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- 4034 days ago -
Bear Butte is a sacred mountain located eight miles east of Sturgis, South Dakota. It is registered as a National Historical Landmark. Also take a look at


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Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 4:50 am
thank you, Alicya
for all you do
noted and signed

Hans L (958)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 4:50 am
Hi My dear thank you noted and signed!

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 4:53 am
Thank you
You are wonderfull
One day I want to go there.They are fighting it for so long now and am following this since 2006
Thxs Have a very very good SUNday.
Love Ya!!

Kirsikka A (107)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 5:30 am
Thank You Alicya! Noted and signed (# 51!).

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 8:18 am

Jim P (3247)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 9:24 am
Signed to Protect.

TY, Alicya.


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 9:46 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 9:54 am
Noted/signed/Thanks Alicya

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 9:58 am

Thanks, Alicya -- and Jim for letting me know.

Signed (#99).

Ester Hellen (213)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 12:32 pm
Thank you all,wonderfull that you signed and noted.
But have to place a correction
The site with the beautifull pictures of Mato Paha/Bear butte is:
you can follow the update and actions there..
sorry about that
Thxs Tamra from NDN news for pointing that out to me....

Donna Smith (43)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 2:35 pm
noted and signed Alica.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 3:55 pm
Noted, and signed earlier (#80)
Tnx for the post Alicya, you're great

Cher C (1424)
Sunday June 8, 2008, 6:55 pm

Thnx Alicya!!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday June 9, 2008, 5:01 am
Noted and signed with great thanks Alicya

LL A (33)
Monday June 9, 2008, 8:01 am
Noted and SIGNED!

LL A (33)
Monday June 9, 2008, 8:04 am
[having trouble noting and posting to this article]

Noted and SIGNED!

Darlene K (356)
Monday June 9, 2008, 10:06 am
Noted, and Petition signed, thank you Alicya.
256 Signatures Total

Trudi Reijnders (242)
Monday June 9, 2008, 10:35 am
Noted and signed.Thank you Alycia

Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2008, 2:16 pm
Thanks Alicya
Noted & signed

Ester Hellen (213)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 11:44 am
The helicopter rides will take you above Sturgis and over Bear Butte for a great birds eye view of all the partying going on. "
They already marketing about this....

Ester Hellen (213)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 11:47 am
But I do want to thank you all for all the support and being aware.
The man that offers the land so quickly has a $100,000.00 of debt, to local contractors who helped to build the Sturgis County Line, in 2006.

LL A (33)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 1:56 pm
PBS's Religion & Ethics did a piece on this topic not long ago. They still have a version of it posted -- COVER: Bear Butte, November 10, 2006 Episode no. 1011

Here's the link:

Ester Hellen (213)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 2:35 pm
C2 isnt working that well
your comment wasnt in my mailbox
thxs will check that out.

Ester Hellen (213)
Saturday June 14, 2008, 5:10 am
They still need more signatures so please feel free to crosspost this petition.
The struggle becomes much harder!!

Ester Hellen (213)
Saturday October 4, 2008, 1:26 pm
State should stay away from easement
By the Journal Editorial Board Friday, October 03, 2008

State lawmakers made it clear last week they had no intention of providing state dollars to secure easements around the butte to deter development to the west.

Last year, Gov. Mike Rounds proposed providing $250,000 to buy an easement around the site to ensure a future without encroaching development.

Lawmakers said no. And theyíre saying it again this year.

We canít fault lawmakers for putting a halt to the state-sponsored easement idea this year. Funding an easement shouldnít be high on the stateís priority list. This year, more so even than last year, money is scarce and the burden on taxpayers could quickly become too heavy a load.

Would taxpayers give the nod to this state spending at Bear Butte? We donít think so.

Today the landowner has no interest in developing the land beyond its agricultural use and we see no need for the state to get involved with the easement at this point.

While the Native Americans are rightfully concerned about development around the sacred site, there is a better option. The Native Americans could purchase the land in question. If the owner isnít interested in selling, surely a deal could be crafted to offer the tribes the first right of refusal should the owner decide to sell.

That simple deal would keep the state out of the purchase and still guarantee the Native Americans interested in the site would have some control over future development.

Beyond the financial aspect, however, there may be merit to the state taking an interest in Bear Butte. First, itís a state park. The state should have an interest in the development (or in this case, lack of development) at the state parks. Secondly, Bear Butte is considered a sacred site to the Native Americans. That doesnít obligate the state to act but it should be part of the conversation as the state considers the future of the area.

Considering that, the future development should be under the watch of the Meade County Commissioners. Weíve said it before Ė the commissioners need to step in with zoning to protect Bear Butte from encroaching commercial interests.

The state, however, canít pick up where the county is falling short. Any state revenue directed to securing easements at Bear Butte this year would be money misspent.

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