Archive for June, 2009

27th Sacred Hoop Run underway (with audio)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Published Tuesday June 23, 2009
BY JOHN AXTELL
KQSK-FM  (Double Q Country Radio) / Chadron, Neb.

The 27th annual Sacred Hoop Run began its 500 mile trip around the Black Hills Monday morning in South Dakota at Bear Butte…a site held sacred by many American Indian tribes.

The run was started to emphasize drug and alcohol-free lifestyles, spirituality, treaty rights, and education. Spokesman Duane Martin Sr says more than 300 people of all ages are taking part, with about 2 dozen traveling the entire distance.

(Click to listen/download audio) (more…)

Whiteclay march is peaceful

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Published Thursday June 18, 2009
THE CHADRON RECORD

The annual March for Justice from Pine Ridge, S.D., to Whiteclay marked its 10th anniversary Saturday – 10 years since Wilson “Wally” Black Elk Jr. and Ron Hard Heart were found beaten to death just north of Whiteclay on the Pine Ridge Reservation. (more…)

PROMISES, PROMISES: Indian health care needs unmet

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Published Sunday June 14, 2009
BY MARY CLARE JALONICK
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CROW AGENCY, Mont. – Ta’Shon Rain Little Light, a happy little girl who loved to dance and dress up in traditional American Indian clothes, had stopped eating and walking. She complained constantly to her mother that her stomach hurt.

When Stephanie Little Light took her daughter to the Indian Health Service clinic in this wind-swept and remote corner of Montana, they told her the 5-year-old was depressed.

Ta’Shon’s pain rapidly worsened and she visited the clinic about 10 more times over several months before her lung collapsed and she was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Denver. There she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, confirming the suspicions of family members. (more…)

Nebraska Legislature to examine issues in White Clay

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Published Wednesday June 3, 2009
SHERIDAN COUNTY JOURNAL STAR, Gordon, Neb.

Sheridan County has the distinction of raising more tax revenue from the sale of alcohol than the rest of the counties in the state of Nebraska combined. The source of this revenue is the tiny town of White Clay population 17. A one mile stretch of road immediately south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, White Clay is home to four beer stores which thrive on sales from Pine Ridge residents where alcohol is prohibited.

Recently a resolution was introduced in the General Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature regarding a number of issues and concerns relating to conditions in White Clay. (more…)

Poor Bear still waiting for justice

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Published Tuesday June 2, 2009
BY HEIDI BELL GEASE
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

Ten years after his brother and cousin were found beaten to death on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Tom Poor Bear is once again preparing to march in their memory.

The annual March for Justice, set for June 13, is to remind people of Wilson “Wally” Black Elk Jr. and Ron Hard Heart, along with other Native Americans whose murders remain unsolved. (more…)