From July 3 – August 15, CPT will place a small team at Bear Butte, South Dakota at the invitation of an Intertribal Coalition involving 30 local tribes. The coalition, which includes all of the Lakota tribes with whom CPT worked at La Framboise Island in Pierre, SD in 1999, has organized a six-week encampment to nonviolently resist continued development and encroachment on this sacred territory.

Located near Sturgis, SD, Bear Butte is a Native sacred site in the Black Hills. Every year thousands of Native people travel to pray at Bear Butte.

The final week of the encampment, August 7-13, will coincide with the 66th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally which brings 500,000 bikers to the area, creating an enormous impact on the surrounding economy and ecosystem.

Recently, Arizona entrepreneur Jay Allen broke ground for a massive new biker bar and concert venue called the “Sturgis County Line” to be located on 600 acres at the base of Bear Butte.

Tribal groups strongly opposed to this development are organizing a campaign of nonviolent direct action to stop it from proceeding. They have asked CPT to assist with planning actions and to be on hand to help reduce tensions and document abuses if violence is threatened.

Septermber Supper Fundraiser

Will you host a dinner party for CPT?

CPT really needs your support in raising $10k in September. Unfortunately, we are behind our financial targets and need your help. We want to dedicate the month of September to bringing people together around the dinner table. You can choose the date, who you invite and what you cook (though our teams have some great recipes prepared!) We’d love to hear if you’d be interested. 

There’s no commitment needed at this stage.

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