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Location: Bellville, Texas, United States

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Sacred Trust

Many people view nature as a touch of the divine, but some places are a little more sacred than others. Case in point, Bear Butte, South Dakota.. More than 60 Native American tribes consider the mountain to be sacred, but as with the rest of the Black Hills, development is beginning to encroach. That's why an effort is underway to start a land trust designed to preserve the peace and quiet of their sacred spot.
" A land trust fund was seen as the only permanent solution to stopping the selling of land surrounding the small, sacred mountain. The organization was able to stop the building of an outdoor shooting range that was planned on a location four miles north of the Butte. The businessmen planning the venture had illegally received federal funds that were supposed to benefit low and middle-income people. The illegality was uncovered in a lawsuit filed by the Defenders of the Black Hills and seven Native American tribes.
But now a private operator is planning on building a biker bar and outdoor concert arena just one and a half miles from the base of the mountain.
Since many people want to help protect the land surrounding Bear Butte, the organization decided that opening a land trust fund would allow everyone the opportunity to do fund raising events and contribute to the fund. The price of the land surrounding the Butte is high as realtors use the sacred mountain in their advertisements.
Defenders plan on keeping any land that they are able to purchase in a natural state to insure the sacredness of Bear Butte is not disturbed.
The organization recently received their designation as a tax-exempt non-profit organization capable of receiving gifts and donations. They work on environmental and sacred site issues in the Midwest with no paid staff.
Donations to the Bear Butte Land Trust Fund may be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, 825 St. Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Bank transfers are also available by contacting any Wells Fargo Bank. "

Yeah, nothing like a biker bar and concert arena to help you in your efforts to achieve one with the cosmos. And don't you love the fact that the reason the property cost is high, is because "the sacred mountain" is used in advertisements? Let's hope the Bear Butte Land Trust gets up and going soon.


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