Archive for August, 1999

American Indian tribe are marching on the prairies again

Wednesday, August 11th, 1999

Published August 11, 1999
BY ED VULLIAMY
DAWN/OBSERVER NEWS SERVICE

WHITECLAY (Nebraska, US): ┬áIt is the “Moon of the Drying Grass”, time of the Sun Dance, but the season is unquiet – the Oglala Sioux are marching on the prairies again.

This time the face of their legendary chief, Crazy Horse, looks out from a flag in the wind, carried through the heat by a man called Wolf wearing the black paramilitary beret of the American Indian Movement, back in action on the Pine Ridge reservation for the first time since the famous Wounded Knee occupation of 1973. (more…)

It’s cowboys vs. Indians in Whiteclay dispute

Monday, August 9th, 1999

Published Monday August 9, 1999
BY JODI RAVE
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Q: Is the Old West mentality alive and well in contemporary Nebraska?

A: Yes, if you examine the plight of native people in Whiteclay and Santee — two
lonely outposts on opposite sides of the state near the South Dakota-Nebraska border. (more…)

Indian activists hold Whiteclay for two hours

Monday, August 9th, 1999

Published Monday August 9, 1999
BY PAUL HAMMEL AND JEFF BUNDY
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS

Whiteclay, Neb. – After taking over this tiny village on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for two hours Sunday, Indian activists left, pledging instead to halt traffic from the reservation into Whiteclay and to use legal means to end alcohol sales. (more…)

Law for whites vs. law for Indians

Sunday, August 8th, 1999

Published Sunday August 8, 1999
BY JOE DUGGAN
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — For years after returning to the rolling hills of his Lakota homeland, John Means battled a darkness worse than Vietnam.

Sometimes without warning, he would sink into horrible depressions. The doctors called it post traumatic stress disorder. When it happened, the Purple Heart recipient often sought solace from an aluminum can or a green bottle, and just as often he would sink even deeper into the darkness.

But somehow, John Means would always re-emerge. Time after time, he fought setback after setback, and he rebuilt part of his life. (more…)

Tensions build in Whiteclay, Nebraska

Sunday, August 8th, 1999

Published Sunday August 8, 1999
BY PAUL HAMMEL
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Whiteclay, Neb. – A suspected arson fire early Saturday and promises to “take over Whiteclay” today raised tensions another notch in this town bordering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

While a third straight day of demonstrations ended without violence or destruction Saturday, organizers promised that today would be the day that Indian activists move to enact “cease-and-desist” orders presented to the four liquor stores here. The stores annually sell an estimated 4 million cans of beer to Indians on the reservation, which bans alcohol. (more…)