Nebraska activists seek return of Indian land

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR / June 29, 2012

Two Democratic National Convention delegates from Nebraska are asking President Barack Obama to return a piece of the state to a South Dakota Indian tribe.

Frank LaMere said he and his daughter, Lexie, will present delegates with a resolution aimed at Whiteclay at the party meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Both are members of Nebraska’s Winnebago Indian Tribe.

Whiteclay is known for beer sales on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned. It was part of Pine Ridge when Congress created the reservation in 1889.

The resolution seeks an executive order to restore a 50-square-mile buffer zone known as the Whiteclay extension, which was designed to protect Pine Ridge from whiskey peddlers. President Theodore Roosevelt opened all but one square mile to settlers in 1904.

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