Archive for March, 2009

A brief legal history of Whiteclay alcohol sales

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Published in the April 2009 issue of NEBRASKA REPORT
Reprinted from the June 30, 2008 issue of COUNTERPUNCH

White Clay, Nebraska, is a tiny village—population 14—in the northwest corner of Nebraska. Despite its size, however, it boasts four liquor stores to serve its customers, most of whom come from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just across the border in southwest South Dakota. (more…)

Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (Omaha) to screen Whiteclay documentary

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The Battle for Whiteclay at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Webster Street, Omaha) Friday March 27 – Thursday April 2.
All screenings are matinees. (more…)

Alcoholism challenge: Pine Ridge frustrations

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Published Tuesday March 10, 2009

This Omaha World-Herald staff editorial sparked a series of letters to the editor (reprinted below following the editorial).

A drive northward on State Highway 87 offers views of some of northwest Nebraska’s most picturesque landscapes. Amid the rolling hills and idyllic ranchland, first-time visitors to the area will find the drive to be a relaxing experience.

Until they reach Whiteclay. (more…)

Creighton Prep students to discuss Whiteclay at Project Extra Mile coalition meeting

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Join Project Extra Mile for the March 11th coalition meeting, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  A number of Creighton Prep students have been working in recent months to bring increased attention and change to the travesty in Whiteclay, Nebraska.  Creighton Prep students Cameron Popp, Andrew Schropp and Ian Langin will share a short video they’ve produced and talk about their continued plans to make a difference in Whiteclay.  (See also: Students target Whiteclay liquor sales.) (more…)

Social justice battle continues on the prairie

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Published Tuesday March 10, 2009

Four beer stores in a small unincorporated town in northwest Nebraska sell more than 4 million cans of beer annually. That’s more than 11,000 cans every day.

The place is Whiteclay, located on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It’s known as the state’s “skid row on the prairie.” (more…)

Drink, and despair, around every corner in Whiteclay

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Published Sunday March 8, 2009

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, along with the producer of a recent documentary film about the town, conducted a tour Friday for two state senators and a member of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

WHITECLAY, Neb. — His eyes reddened and nose disfigured by years of alcohol abuse, Brett Long Soldier guarded a black plastic garbage bag of discarded beer cans as if it were a bag of jewels. (more…)

Timeline of events at Whiteclay

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Published Saturday March 7, 2009

1998 — Activists ask the Nebraska Liquor Commission to shut down four liquor stores in Whiteclay, saying the stores exploit American Indians who live on the nearby Pine Ridge reservation. (more…)

Troubles from Whiteclay prompt call for protest

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Published Tuesday March 3, 2009

LINCOLN — Activists announced a special commemoration this year of the two men whose unsolved slayings sparked a decade of efforts to address alcohol sales in the village of Whiteclay, Neb.

Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, told participants at a wind-whipped rally Monday at the State Capitol that a march is planned in June from Pine Ridge, S.D., to Whiteclay. (more…)

Activists pray, rally for Whiteclay

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Published Monday March 2, 2009

About two dozen people huddled together in a cold wind Monday morning for a prayer ceremony and rally on the west steps of the state Capitol to protest alcohol sales in Whiteclay, where four beer stores sell an estimated 11,000 cans of beer a day mostly to Oglala Sioux tribal members.

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Students target Whiteclay liquor sales

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Published Monday March 2, 2009

Ian Langin and his classmates would have been about 8 years old when two Pine Ridge Indian Reservation members were killed in Whiteclay, Neb.

The unsolved killings brought national attention to the village of 14 that is notorious for supplying alcohol to residents of the reservation just across the South Dakota border. Alcoholism is rampant, although possessing alcohol is illegal on the reservation.

Ten years later, Langin and other Omaha Creighton Prep students are trying to raise awareness of the alcoholism and stop the liquor sales in Whiteclay. (more…)