AIM activist Means, eight others arrested in Nebraska


WHITECLAY, Neb. {AP} Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe converged on this tiny town Saturday to protest alleged treaty violations, unsolved murders and alcohol sales, and nine people were arrested, including American Indian Movement activist Russell Means.

About 150 people marched the two miles from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and scores of others rode in cars.

They were met by more than 100 riot-equipped Nebraska state troopers, who stood toe-to-toe with the marchers and ordered them not to cross a line of yellow tape at the edge of Whiteclay, about a city block from the state line.

Moments later, Means who led a 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, S.D. and several other demonstrators crossed the tape and were arrested.

One man riding bareback on a horse skirted the police line and rode, hollering, through an adjacent field. Some in the crowd shouted at troopers or threw rocks. No one was hurt.

The demonstration later ended peacefully and most of the participants headed back to Pine Ridge. Means and the others who were arrested would probably be given misdemeanor citations for refusing a lawful order, state police said.

The town’s 22 residents had been ordered to leave the day before by Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns. While tribal leaders said it would be a peaceful march, some participants had threatened to occupy the village until state officials addressed their concerns. A rally one week ago in Whiteclay ended with looting and burning.

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