Archive for July, 2012

Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Moyers & Company / July 20 , 2012

There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges, co-author of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation Books, 2012), calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive. (more…)

Fighting alcoholism on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is about more than money

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Robyn Wisch, KVNO News / NET Radio / July 20, 2012

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, SD (NET RADIO) - Editor’s note: In the first part of our series on alcoholism and Whiteclay, we took you to this small Nebraska town on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Four liquor stores in Whiteclay sell what amounts to four million cans of beer each year, helping feed a massive alcohol problem that pervades the reservation. Now, the Oglala Sioux tribe is taking on the beer manufacturers in a lawsuit that could send hundreds of millions of dollars to one of the poorest counties in the country. In this second segment, we go to the front lines of the battle against alcoholism on the Pine Ridge reservation to find out why some people there say throwing money at the problem might not be the answer.

“Everybody knows me as Babe’ around here.”

Standing by the main drag of Whiteclay, Neb. on a recent evening, Babe was trying to get a ride back to his mother. He hitched into town from his home, which he said is about 20 miles away. He lives on the Pine Ridge reservation, where alcohol is illegal – so he came to Whiteclay to buy beer.

“Me, I’m on a liquor diet,” Babe said. “I only have a couple months to live.” (more…)

Nebraska lawsuit latest in fight over Whiteclay

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Robyn Wisch, KVNO News / NET Radio / July 19, 2012

WHITECLAY, NE (NET RADIO) - Whiteclay, Neb. sits on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The town is located a few miles from a sign that welcomes visitors to “The Good Life.” But some describe it as “hell.”

Whiteclay, population around 11, is a visible outpost of the alcoholism that runs rampant on the reservation. But how did this small Nebraska town become such a scene of devastation? Why does it fester, and whose responsibility is it to clean it up? (more…)

South Dakota tribe asks US attorney to re-examine more reservation deaths spanning 50 years

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By KRISTI EATON (Associated Press) / Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE / July 11, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oglala Sioux tribal officials want federal authorities to reopen investigations into 16 more unresolved deaths and disappearances at a South Dakota reservation, including one dating back nearly 50 years, a lawyer for the tribe said Wednesday.

Tribal officials presented the list of names to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson during a meeting in Rapid City. The list adds to the 28 deaths on or around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that Johnson agreed to re-examine nearly a month ago. (more…)