Archive for August, 2012

Nebraska Delegate Lexie LaMere Stands Up for Native American Community

Monday, August 27th, 2012

By IAN MARTINES / DEMCONVENTION.com / August 27, 2012

Lexie LaMere, a Nebraska delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was already a Senate Page at age sixteen. While walking with a friend through the halls of the Capitol, she caught sight of the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, fixated with rapt attention at his own portrait.  It wasn’t an unusual occurrence, in fact, since the Senator had been known to do just that on many occasions.  But Lexie was surprised on that day in 2008 to hear Senator Byrd summon her and her peer.

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Protesters get arrested for standing up to predatory liquor stores in White Clay, Nebraska

Monday, August 27th, 2012

By  / INTERCONTINENTAL CRY / Aug 27, 2012

On August 26, women of the Oglala Lakota Nation stood alongside allies to send a message to the predatory liquor vendors in White Clay, Nebraska.

It wasn’t long before the police came to rescue the blight of a town. White Clay only has a population of 14, yet it has 4 liquor stores and sells approx. 12,500 cans of beer each day. They sell those cans to anyone, be they bootleggers, intoxicated people or minors. They also trade beer for sexual favors. They need to be shut down. (more…)

Protestors arrested, bystanders pepper-sprayed in Whiteclay dispute

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By Chris Davis / KOTA-TV News / August 26, 2012

An estimated 150 to 200 people came together in Pine Ridge early Sunday afternoon and walked the two miles to Whiteclay, Neb.

The march was part of a protest against alcohol distributors in the small town selling to Oglala Sioux Tribal members from the otherwise dry Pine Ridge Reservation.

But the real demonstration started when they got to Whiteclay.

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Olowan Sara Martinez and Deep Green Resistance

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By  / August 26, 2012

YouTube VIDEO of Women’s Day of Peace organizer Olowan Martinez.

On August 26, 2012 members of Deep Green Resistance, working in solidarity with Lakota woman warrior Olowan Martinez, blockaded the highway running through Whiteclay.

Women’s March and Day of Peace Turns Violent– Protesters Arrested

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By Jessica Garraway / Deep Green Resistance Great Plains / August 26, 2012

Women of the Oglala Lakota nation along with activists from Deep Green Resistance, AIM Grassroots, Un-Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln, and Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center took part in a march from Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge into White Clay to protest against the predatory liquor industry present there.

Image by Jessica Garraway / Deep Green Resistance

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More than 100 march, protest Whiteclay liquor sales

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By RUTH MOON / RAPID CITY JOURNAL / August 26, 2012

WHITECLAY, Neb. | The Nebraska border town of Whiteclay filled Sunday afternoon as protesters from as far as the West Coast spoke and demonstrated in an attempt to end alcohol sales in the town.

More than 100 men, women and children marched two miles south from Pine Ridge’s Oglala Sioux tribal headquarters, to Whiteclay, which borders the Pine Ridge reservation. The town has been in national news since February, when the Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit against the owners of four liquor stores there. (more…)

Whiteclay activists protest liquor sales

Friday, August 24th, 2012

By PAUL HAMMEL / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / August 24, 2012

LINCOLN — Women on the Oglala Sioux Reservation are now getting involved in the effort to shut down the four liquor stores in Whiteclay, Neb.

The liquor stores have been the subject of protests for more than a decade because they sell more than 4 million cans of beer a year, mostly to residents of the adjacent, and officially dry, reservation.

On Sunday, a group of women will lead a protest march to the unincorporated village on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. (more…)

Activists rally against beer sales in White Clay

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

By KAYLA BREMER / KLKN-TV Eyewitness News / August 23, 2012

Activists rallied at the state capitol on Thursday in opposition of beer sales in White Clay.

The small town in Nebraska borders a South Dakota Indian reservation where alcohol is banned. Activists have been fighting to close the four stores supplying the beer for decades. (more…)

Case Reopened On Pine Ridge Reservation Deaths

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

by  (SDPR) / National Public Radio / August 18, 2012

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Women March on Whiteclay August 26, Offer Guidelines for Indigenous Allies

Friday, August 17th, 2012

MADVILLE TIMES / August 17, 2012

Lakota activists and allies from Deep Green Resistance and Occupy organizations blockaded Whiteclay, Nebraska on June 9. They are following up that action with a Women’s March on Sunday, August 26, to further protest beer sellers’ exploitation of the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation.

From the organizers’ press release:

“For over 100 years the women of the Oglala Lakota nation have been dealing with an attack on the mind body and spirit of their relatives”, says Olowan Martinez who is a main organizer of the event and resident of Pine Ridge. “The Oglala have been silenced through chemical warfare waged by the corporations who are out to exploit and make a profit off of the suffering and misery of our people. The time has come to end this suffering by any means necessary.” (more…)