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Surprised Spearfish cancelled meeting

This is regarding statements made by the Spearfish City administrator and mayor about the cancellation of the Nov. 6 public meeting regarding the sewer backup on Eighth Street.

We want to assure everyone the Concerned Citizens of Spearfish Valley have never hijacked a public meeting and had no plans to do so. Perhaps the city officials were referring to some of the other groups opposed to reckless annexation.

We are also surprised the city would have cancelled a meeting based on a rumor.

Jim Lee, President, and Cindy Herman, Treasurer, Concerned Citizens of Spearfish Valley

Mni Wiconi result of polluted water

During the ‘50s and ‘60s, thousands of uranium wells were drilled in western South Dakota, some of those were on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Over time, these wells either leaked or leached into the surrounding environment, i.e., streams, soil and aquifers.

Those living in the area were unaware that their drinking water had been contaminated. Slowly, more and more people suffered the effects of radiation poisoning.

After several years of motivated individuals making their case about the uranium contaminates, the government finally took initiative in the ‘80s. The end result of this was the Mni Wiconi Water Project.

In order to provide drinking water that wouldn't kill the people, the government funded the construction of the world’s largest water pipeline. The pipeline begins at the Missouri River and runs southwest and has over 4,300 miles of transmission and distribution pipeline (pepipe.org).

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Due to the fact that western South Dakota has already been poisoned by uranium mines, I am strongly against the proposed PowerTech mines. I feel that all the precautions proposed by PowerTech are simply lip service in order to appease the masses, mineral and water boards.

Let us learn from history. We don't need this. 

Hau Mitakuye Oyasin.

John Hammond, Rapid City

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