Costner's Tainted Legacy

Actor Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) is still trying to exchange the eagle feather, given to him during his adoption ceremony into the Sioux Indian tribe, for some golf clubs.

In E's last account (see “Dances With Casinos,” In Brief, November/December 1995), Costner was awaiting approval to build a multi-million-dollar golf resort, The Dunbar, in South Dakota's Black Hills. The plan became controversial last year, after Costner acquired title to 635 acres of Black Hills land that is part of a parcel that the same Sioux Indians celebrated in Costner's film claim was stolen from them in the 19th century.

Since the acquisition, however, only The Dunbar's golf course and main entrance have been staked out. Despite rumors of contracting problems and lack of support from the local community, Terry Kranz, director of acquisition and development for The Dunbar, says no site work has been done since 1994 because “we're just not ready to do it yet.”

Activist Linda Two Bulls, treasurer of the HeSapa Institute (formerly the Black Hills Protection Committee), says, “I'm not sure how much we can do [to stop the resort].” But she says her group will continue to fight for the land that it says belongs to the Sioux under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.

CONTACT

HeSapa Institute
P.O. Box 91
Rapid City, SD 57709-0091
Tel: (605) 399-1648


UNLAWFUL DUMPING

Since E reported on hazardous dumping activities in India (see “Dumping on India,” In Briefs, September/October 1996), Bharat Zinc Limited, located in Bhopal, India, has been put under investigation by Indian authorities. The government action followed Greenpeace revelations that the company was illegally receiving hazardous waste imports from the U.S..

Despite an April 1996 ban from the Indian High Court on waste imports, Greenpeace cites Indian customs data showing that Bharat Zinc has since received 180 metric tons of hazardous waste from the U.S. India has received over 11,000 tons of toxic waste from the U.S. since 1994-in violation of the 1995 United Nations Basel Convention that outlaws the disposal or recycling of hazardous wastes in developing countries.

Marcelo Furtado, of Greenpeace's Toxics Campaign, says the government of India “claims that the Basil convention interrupts their ability to develop.” India extracts minerals such as lead and zinc from imported waste lead batteries and zinc ash to use as industrial resources.

CONTACT

Greenpeace
1436 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 319-2454


PROTECTING DOWNERS

As part of a pioneering effort to clean up the appalling practices of the U.S. cattle industry and guard against the possibility of “mad cow” disease occuring in the U.S., Colorado became the first state to pass the “Veterinary Practices at Public Livestock Markets” bill in July 1996. According to the bill, “No animals may be sold or offered for sale at a public livestock market if the animal is injured, disabled, or diseased beyond recovery, or if such injury or disease permanently renders the animal unfit for human consumption” (see “Mad Cow and the Colonies,” feature story, July/August 1996).

Dr. Patricia Olson, director of Veterinary Affairs at the American Humane Association in Englewood, Colorado, says the law will help put an end to animal suffering, and may eliminate the selling of unhealthy livestock stock at public markets.

CONTACT

American Humane Association
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, Colorado 80112-5117
Tel: (303) 792-9900