Archive for October, 2002

Camp Justice (Part III of “Alcohol: A tool of oppression against Native Americans”)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002

Published October 23, 2002
BY PAUL ARENTZ
HOCAK WORAK: Newsletter of the Ho-Chunk Nation

On July 4, 1999, some members of the Oglala Lakota Nation declared independence with the development of Camp Justice. Tom Poor Bear organized and set up the beginnings of the camp, and invited others to join him there. Tipis were erected, and the camp situated on both sides of the “border” between the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the State of Nebraska. Just below Camp Justice, in a culvert a memorial stands for Ron Hard Heart and Wilson Black Elk Jr. At Camp Justice, flying next to a flag from the Swiss people, and the POW / MIA flag, flies an upside down American flag symbolizing distress. Tom Poor Bear stated that they would occupy the camp until those involved in the murders of Ron and Wilson are brought to justice. Camp Justice, also has taken on a symbol of the justice that all Native people seek in the endless atrocities against them. (more…)

The Oyate (Part II of “Alcohol: A tool of oppression against Native Americans”)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2002

Published October 9, 2002
BY PAUL ARENTZ
HOCAK WORAK: Newsletter of the Ho-Chunk Nation

“I know what this life is,” stated 30-year-old Clifton Red Feather who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. When asked what life he speaks of, Clifton stated, “the life of alcoholism and poverty. Alcoholism is the main factor that effects my oyate, but we still stick together.”

The common factor that is shared by many of the those that go to White Clay and even those that do not go there is that there is nothing for the people to do on the reservation. The lack of jobs, and transportation to seek jobs in turn leads to people turning to alcohol in order to pass time. The Oglala people, like many Natives have suffered a long history of abuse by the government, accounting for them having little to no faith in the government. (more…)