Archive for October, 2012

Indian activist Russell Means remembered as inspiring but controversial

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

By MARTHA STODDARD / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / October 23, 2012

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LINCOLN — Russell Means, a charismatic and controversial activist who drew attention to injustices against American Indians in Nebraska and elsewhere, died early Monday at his home in Porcupine, S.D.

Hours later, Winnebago activist Frank LaMere offered tobacco and prayers to mark the death of a man he called “a great American” and friend.

“I will miss him. Native people will all miss him,” the Nebraska leader said. “He elevated Indian issues to a place where people could notice and were forced to act on them.”

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Russell Means, Who Clashed With Law as He Fought for Indians, Is Dead at 72

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN / NEW YORK TIMES / October 22, 2012

Russell C. Means, the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples, died on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72. (more…)

Pine Ridge reservation sees barrage of media attention

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / October 06, 2012

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota has for years attracted journalists and activists eager to tell the stories and share the plight of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The allure for journalists, community activists and gawkers is simple: The Connecticut-sized reservation is home to some of the poorest counties in America, one in four children born on the reservation suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the average life expectancy for tribal members is estimated between 45 and 52 years – the shortest in North America except for Haiti. (more…)

Oglala Sioux tribe ponders options in alcohol lawsuit

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / Associated Press / October 4, 2012

Omaha, Nebraska (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, whose federal lawsuit against four Nebraska beer sellers and some of the nation’s biggest breweries was dismissed this week, may refile in state court, the tribe’s attorney said.

Tom White, an Omaha-based attorney for the tribe, said he’d urge the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s council to continue with its lawsuit against the alcohol manufacturers and distributors and four retailers in Whiteclay. The town of about a dozen residents on the reservation’s border sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12-ounce cans of beer last year. (more…)

Lawsuit against Whiteclay beer stores dismissed

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The Associated Press / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / October 1, 2012

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit that blamed beer makers and stores in Whiteclay for chronic alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, saying the case belonged in state court and giving a subtle nod to the tribe’s claims. (more…)