Archive for June, 2005

Marchers again protest White Clay alcohol sales

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Published June 15, 2005
By JOSHUA R. RUSSO
THE CHADRON RECORD

Tom Poor Bear, one of the Lakota speakers Saturday at an annual march from Pine Ridge, S.D. to White Clay, Nebraska to protest alcohol sales in the tiny village, told the crowd of about 300 demonstrators how he was greeted in White Clay at the first march six years ago.

Poor Bear spoke about snipers on the rooftops, trained attack dogs and tear gas. “The only weapon we had marching in here was wisdom, the wisdom of our elders, strength, the strength of our women and our future, the future of our children,” said Poor Bear. “We were not the criminals that day, we were the heroes.” (more…)

Funds sought for cops in Whiteclay

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Published June 10, 2005
BY CELESTE CALVITTO
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

WASHINGTON — A community policing program aimed at dealing with the fallout from alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb., to American Indians from nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is on track for more federal funding, Rep. Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., said Thursday.

Herseth and Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., have requested $100,000 to provide continued support for the project, in which the state of Nebraska will deputize members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe police to patrol Whiteclay. (more…)

Senators: More needs to be done at Whiteclay

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Published June 10, 2005
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

A group of 15 state senators took a stand together Thursday, signing a letter in which they called upon the state of Nebraska to do more to address the devastating effects of alcohol sales in the border town of Whiteclay.

The letter was to be delivered to Oglala Sioux tribal leaders at a Saturday march from Pine Ridge, S.D., to Whiteclay to mark the sixth anniversary of the unsolved deaths of two Oglala men, said Mark Vasina, president of Nebraskans for Peace. (more…)

Open Letter to the Lakota Nation

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Dated June 9, 2005

It has been six years since discussions first began in the Nebraska Legislature regarding the ongoing problems created by alcohol sales and consumption of alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska. During this time, a number of Nebraska state senators have traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation and the tiny border town of Whiteclay to witness firsthand the social and economic devastation caused by alcohol. Hearings have been held in Sheridan County and in Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln. Numerous legislative proposals have been discussed, but efforts to shape a legislative response in Nebraska have so far remained unsuccessful. (more…)

Nebraska senators say more needs to be done at Whiteclay

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Published Thursday June 9, 2005
BY SCOTT BAUER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Fifteen state senators signed a letter Thursday addressed to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, saying that the state of Nebraska needs to do more to address alcohol problems in the border town of Whiteclay. (more…)

Going the extra mile on Whiteclay

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Published June 3, 2005
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR
STAFF EDITORIAL

Rep. Tom Osborne and Attorney General Jon Bruning should be commended for their efforts to do something about the disgrace of Whiteclay. (more…)

S.D. tribe to help enforce beer laws in Whiteclay

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Published Thursday June 2, 2005
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN – Lance Moss drove to his Whiteclay, Neb., grocery store last month and counted nearly 50 bedraggled men panhandling, drinking beers covered by paper sacks or just standing on the streets of the border town.

This is going to be a long summer, Moss told himself. (more…)

Tribal leaders agree to help patrol Whiteclay

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Published June 1, 2005
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — Tom Osborne sits at the front of the sport utility vehicle beside tribal officer Jackson Ten Fingers as they roll through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Ten Fingers points to a spot off the road and describes how a father and his daughter were killed there recently by a man who was drunk and driving a stolen car. (more…)