Whiteclay film heads to Big Apple

Published Monday October 19, 2009
Nebraska StatePaper.com

Kerrey’s New School to hold screening

A film detailing the controversial practice of selling alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb. – just across the border from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota – will be getting a special New York showcase, courtesy of former Sen. Bob Kerrey.

Kerrey, president of the New School, a small, liberal arts college in Greenwich Village best known for hosting “Inside The Actor’s Studio” and segments of “Project Runway” – will be presenting “The Battle for Whiteclay” in a Nov. 4 on-campus screening. Director Mark Vasina and activist Frank LaMere will be present to answer questions and talk about their activism directed at getting the sale of alcohol stopped in Whiteclay.

The town of 14 people and four storefronts sells about 11,000 cans of beer per day to Native Americans who wonder across the border from the Pine Ridge Reservation, where it is illegal to buy or possess alcohol. Efforts to halt the sale of beer in Whiteclay through the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission and the State Legislature have thus far been unsuccessful. The film recounts those efforts. On Sept. 26, the Nebraska Legislature held a hearing to discuss the issue. Some senators have suggested taking action in the next session.

The movie is also scheduled to be shown at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Oct. 28.

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