Defenders is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries working for the people and environment of the Northern Great Plains.
When the last wilderness area in the Black Hills, sacred to many Native American nations, was opened to logging, 3 non-Native environmental groups joined with members of the Great Sioux Nation to form Defenders of the Black Hills. When members from the Standing Rock Reservation brought information of abandoned uranium mines causing high cancer rates in their village in the middle of the United States, the more than 3,000 abandoned uranium mines became an issue. Using petitions, research, letters to officials, and litigation, Defenders works to preserve and restore the environment of the Northern Great Plains region, the bread basket of the world.
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