"I think I've always been opposed, I just never took a stand before," said Keely Bassette. "And it's the people that are going to take a stand that are going to make a difference."
That's why Bassette stopped by the rally and concert against uranium mining at the DAHL Arts Center Sunday.'Keep our Water Clean and our Hills Green' event was sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the Dakota Rural Action, the Clean Water Alliance, South Dakota Peace and Justice, Heartland Film Society, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and Owe Aku.
Bassette was taking a stand for her daughter. "I have this little bitty baby and water is important, water is life. We need this for her," said Bassette. "So I'm here to support my daughter and clean drinking water for future generations."
The event included music, a silent auction, speakers, and education. "We want people to know why uranium mining is bad for the people, the water, the wildlife, and the livestock of western South Dakota," said Lilias Jarding, of the Clean Water Alliance.
Additionally, the event was meant to encourage people to attend the Powertech uranium mining permit hearings and voice their opposition. "Our experience has been that 95% of people that we talk to do not want the uranium mining," said Clay Uptain, president of the Black Hills Chapter of the Dakota Rural Action.
Thee event ran from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with organizers happy about a good turnout. "We're excited that people are here, that they're involved, and that they care about this issue," said Jarding.
For Bassette, events discussing things like uranium mining are a family affair. "When there are things like this, that will affect their future, I want them to make an informed decision and so I like to share information like this with them," said Bassette.