Archive for July, 2010

Merchant puts down roots, hopes village can grow

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Published Sunday July 18, 2010
BY JOMAY STEEN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. – While beer sales get most of the attention, some Whiteclay businesses survive and even prosper without selling alcohol.

Firmly rooted in Whiteclay, Lewis Abold and his son, Lou, opened their general merchandise store, Abe’s New and Used, about three years ago on Halloween. “This is our third summer,” Lewis Abold said. (more…)

Whiteclay a village on the edge

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Published Sunday July 18, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. — Business is booming in Whiteclay, and it’s not just the 4.6 million cans of beer sold there last year.

Many people know Whiteclay as the small, unincorporated village on the border of Nebraska and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a tiny spot on the map with a big alcohol problem. It’s where four beer stores sold 191,649 cases of beer in 2009, according to the Nebraska Liquor Commission. That translates into about 4.6 million cans. (more…)

Liquor debate goes to core of town’s ties to reservation

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Published Saturday July 17, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

The irony of Whiteclay is that it sits in what was originally a “buffer zone” created by the U.S. government to “protect” the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from illegal whiskey peddlers operating in the area.

In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur decreed a 50-square-mile buffer zone in Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota to protect Native Americans from the ravages of alcohol, according to the web site for the documentary film, “Battle for Whiteclay.” In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer zone, known as the White Clay Extension, into the boundaries of the reservation. But in a 1904 executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt, 49 of the 50 square miles of the White Clay Extension was placed into the public domain over the protests of Lakota elders and others concerned that the need for a buffer zone still remained. Today, there is still one square mile of Pine Ridge tribal land in Nebraska near Whiteclay, the remnant of President Arthur’s buffer zone. (more…)

Tim Giago: Oglala Sioux Tribe should consider a wet reservation

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Published Monday July 12, 2010
BY TIM GIAGO
INDIANZ.COM

Prohibition doesn’t work!

It lasted 13 years in America and gave life to nationally syndicated crime, the income tax and opposition by the United States Brewers’ Association to Women’s Suffrage: the right for women to vote. (more…)

Tribe, activist, dispute over Whiteclay alcohol blockade

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Published Tuesday July 06, 2010
THE CHADRON RECORD
By the Rapid City Journal

Oglala Sioux Tribe police officers set up alcohol checkpoints outside Whiteclay on Thursday, July 1 but reports that alcohol being taken to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was confiscated were disputed by tribal officials. (more…)

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation dry, alcohol comes in anyway

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Published Monday July 5, 2010
BY RANDALL HOWELL (Native Sun News Managing Editor)
NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES

WHITE CLAY, Neb. –– They will be back like a bad hangover.

And, they’ll be setting up what has become known as the Whiteclay Blockade – a blockade that serves as a one-day barrier to what amounts to the smuggling of alcohol – beer, mostly – onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Tribe sets up Whiteclay alcohol blockade

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Published Friday July 2, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

Oglala Sioux Tribe police officers set up alcohol checkpoints outside Whiteclay, Neb., on Thursday and confiscated 52 cases of beer that were being transported to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to a blockade organizer. (more…)