Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Record of Decision for the USDA USFS can be found on this page as well as other associated documents.
Senator Hoeven has announced the Record of Decision for USDA RUS, but they apparently haven't yet shared it with the public. This is the link to all project associated documents on the RUS website.
“They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. That nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path. We cannot dwell side by side.”
― Sitting Bull
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
Monday, September 15, 2014
Basin Electric gets approval for delayed transmission line
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
For Immediate Release: July 26 All-Day Family-Friendly Event in Dunn Center Commemorates Killdeer Mountain History and Conflict of 1864 (Dunn Center, ND)
Dunn County Historical Society & Museum / 153 Museum Trail, Dunn Center, ND / PO Box 145, Killdeer, ND firstname.lastname@example.org / www.dunncountymuseum.org
For Immediate Release: July 26 All-Day Family-Friendly Event in Dunn Center
Commemorates Killdeer Mountain History and Conflict of 1864
(Dunn Center, ND) –Learning activities for all ages, a panel discussion and a noon roast bison banquet will be featured at the Dunn County Historical Museum in Dunn Center on Saturday, July 26. “150 Years Later: Commemorating the Killdeer Mountain Conflict” is sponsored by the Dunn County Historical Society & Museum. Co-sponsors are the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
All activities are open to the public and free of charge, with donations appreciated.
The Killdeer Mountain Battle, which took place on July 28, 1864, was one of five Dakota Territory Civil War conflicts. "On that date, General Alfred Sully led U.S. Army troops against a gathering of Teton, Yanktonai and Dakota Indians in retribution for earlier, unrelated battles that happened in other parts of the Northern Plains," said program coordinator Jennifer Strange. “The Killdeer Mountain conflict changed the course of the people and history of the region.”
The commemoration will focus on education, equality, inclusion and mutual respect across cultures. "Everyone will feel welcome," said Deb Lancaster, event co-planner and Dunn County Historical Society Oral Historian. "Here’s something that happened right in our back yard and a lot of people don’t really know much about it."
The conflict plays in important role in Dakotans' shared history, said Diane Rogness, Historic Sites Manager of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. “For many, the conflict seems a long time ago. But for the Dakota or Sioux people, the story is still fresh. They have heard their grandparents speak of the battle and the soldiers."
· 9am MDT (10 am CST) - Welcome and Continental Breakfast
· 10am MDT (11 am CST) - Flag-raising Ceremony
· 10:30 am MDT (11:30 am CST) - Panel: “The History and Spirit of Killdeer Mountain”
· Noon MDT (1 pm CST) - Roast Bison Banquet
· 1:30 pm MDT (2:30 pm CST) - Educational Fair
· 4:30 pm MDT (5:30 pm CST) - Flag-lowering Ceremony
Panelists will discuss the Civil War-era battle and the broader history of the Killdeer Mountains from Native American, U.S. Military and settler perspectives. Panelists include Rogness, Fort Yates Tribal Historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and Dean Pearson, board member of Prairie Trails Regional Museum.
The Educational Fair will include a KidZone with Native American games, crafts, and tipi setup; Tipi Storytelling; a Civil War campsite; flintknapping demonstrations; a Dunn County Writers workshop/open mic; narrative sketching lessons for all ages and a Veterans’ table.
Nathan Good Iron and two other Standing Rock Sioux Veterans will raise and lower the flag, oversee the Veterans Table and join in the Tipi Storytelling. Good Iron is a member of the state’s only four-generation family of military veterans. His story has appeared in The Washington Post and other publications.
Event Supporters: Hinrich’s SuperValu, Ardent Services LLC, Quality Mat Company, United Tribes Technical College, SM Fencing & Energy Services, Inc., North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota Humanities Council. Friends of the Event: Sample Auto Sales, First International Bank & Trust, Dakota Community Bank, EconoFoods. Thanks also to Wrenches R Us Truck Repair, Southwest Business Machines, Nana Lil’s, Larry Pavlenko & Sons, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Baker Boy, Knife River Indian Villages, Jerry Banks, City of Dunn Center.
For a full schedule of the free public event:www.dunncountymuseum.org.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE
AVS-NESET 345 kV TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT
TRANSCRIPT OF CONSULTATION MEETING
"There are only 383 of these battlefields that the Park Service has mapped to this extent, and that's out of a universe of over 15,000 engagements of the Civil War. So you might consider it the top maybe 3 percent of the nation."
"... I hope, currently available to everybody, is our most conservative map of what we feel the entire extent of the battlefield is, which is the study area; where the bloodiest conflict was in the core areas, but there's conflict in the entire study area. It's just where the core is is considered the heaviest conflict, and it gives our preservation partners someplace to begin where they're thinking about buying or preserving land with easements or purchases. So it's a priority one of the high priority, if you will."
"Those maps that were drafted nationwide were sent out to partners who asked to be part of the process, but especially out to all the SHPOs in the nation. They all had an opportunity to look over these maps and help us refine them to the best of their abilities. If they had other partners they could recommend to help us get those maps down as accurately as possible, they would recommend it. And we spent some years, actually, working together to try and get the info out as accurately as possible."
Kris McMasters of the ABPP, NPS
Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Dunn County opposes Killdeer battlefield study; landowner accuses NDSU professor of incorrectly filling out grant
Dunn County opposes Killdeer battlefield study; landowner accuses NDSU professor of incorrectly filling out grantMANNING, N.D. – The Dunn County Commission does not support North Dakota State University’s Killdeer Mountain battlefield study as presented.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Letter: Federal laws have effect on North Dakota power lineLike many North Dakotans, we too would like to know who knew what and when about the extent and importance of the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield as this information relates to Basin Electric’s proposed Antelope Valley-to- Neset transmission line.
We are concerned, however, that the current debate will distract from a more urgent concern – the legal requirements related to any project that requires government approval and desires federal subsidies. The proposed transmission line is such a project.
The laws in question are the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
The essence of these laws is that when our nation’s important historical, cultural, or ecological values are impacted by a development project, several alternatives must be developed and proposed, so that concerned government agencies can weigh benefits and costs of each alternative. The purpose of both laws is to ensure a final decision that is truly in the public interest, as opposed to only in the interest of the contractual parties.
The contractual parties in this case are the directly affected landowners and Basin Electric. Basin has bet on state and federal government approval of its plan and apparently already paid the landowners enough to cause most of them to accept the proposed transmission line route. This is not adequate reason for the plan to be approved, however.
Basin must develop and propose at least one alternative route that avoids these impacts, in order to better inform those who are charged by law to make decisions in the public interest. Without one or more such alternatives, it will be a long struggle to get this line constructed.
Dickey is with the Killdeer Mountain Alliance.