Small group walks against proposed gold mine near Rochford

Not everyone is on board with the idea for the proposed gold mine site near Rochford.

Tuesday afternoon, a small group of people gathered to protest against the idea of placing a gold mine about one mile east of the town in western Pennington County. Those who were there said the mine would contaminate surrounding water sources, including Rapid Creek. They also say protection of valuable resources like water are protected on a federal level, and that a mine would violate that.

Tonia Stands says, "Indigenous people from this area, we have a right to our sacred sites and to the cultural relevance in protecting them against the mining operations that are going on. So we just want our voices heard and our laws, our tribal historical preservation. There's actual federal laws that have to be followed."

The group planned on walking to the commissioners' meeting with their posters to alert the public and bring awareness to their position.