Dakota Gold, formerly Dakota Territory Resource Corp.,
Dakota Gold, formerly Dakota Territory Resource Corp., has two gold exploration projects in the Maitland area, north of Central City and Lead and east of Spearfish Canyon. In South Dakota, a company or person must only pay a fee and file a piece of paperwork to receive a mineral exploration permit. The public is given notice, but has no opportunity to oppose a permit. Dakota Gold is based in Lead and is linked to Barrick Gold.
One Dakota Gold project has received its permit and is already underway immediately around Maitland. [Links to the 2021 App and Restrictions]. This project will include as many as 70 drill holes. A photo from the company shows beautiful Black Hills scenery, marred by drilling equipment. This area is threatened with becoming an open pit gold mine.
The second project is just to the west and within 2 miles of Spearfish Canyon in the Cleopatra Creek and Richmond Hill area. The application was filed in January 2022, and the state has not yet posted the final permit as of early April. [Link to the 2022 App] This project would involve 80 exploration holes.
These projects are part of a larger gold rush in the northern Black Hills. According to US Forest Service staff in March 2022, there are no public lands still available for mining claims in the northern Black Hills. The entire area has already been claimed by gold companies. This includes areas immediately around Lead and Deadwood and along both sides of Spearfish Canyon.
People need to get involved to stop gold projects from becoming a series of gold mines, if they value the beauty, recreation opportunities, and tourism economy of the area. To find out more, contact us and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Map Shows Claims of One Gold Company in the Northern Black Hills: About 42 square miles impacted.
Map will be updated as necessary.