News Archive (1996-Present)

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Dry zone sought near Pine Ridge.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, July 25, 2009.  Report on former U.S. Senator James Abourezk’s op-ed piece about Whiteclay in The New York Times.

Nebraska Legislature to examine issues in White Clay.  Sheridan County Journal Star, 3-June-2009.  Report on LR199, the Resolution by the General Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature to conduct an interim study of Whiteclay before the start of the 2010 legislative session.

Film aims to turn up heat on Whiteclay.  Jeff Martin, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 23-April- 2009.  Report on the upcoming screening of the documentary in Sioux Falls scheduled for 6 p.m. April 28 at Black Sheep Coffee House, 1007 W. 11th St.

College will show film on Whiteclay after all.  Leslie Reed, Omaha World-Herald, 8-April-2009.  Good report on the controversy surrounding the screening and discussion of The Battle for Whiteclay at the Scottsbluff, Alliance and Sidney campuses of Western Nebraska Community College.

Nebraska filmmaker raises issue with screening plans.  Jean Ortiz, The Associated Press, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 7-April-2009.  Report on controversy over the screening of The Battle for Whiteclay at the Scottsbluff, Alliance and Sidney campuses of Western Nebraska Community College.

Alcoholism challenge: Pine Ridge frustrations.  Staff Editorial, Omaha World-Herald, 10-Mar-2009.  Editorial is followed by a series of Public Pulse letters (to the editor).

Social justice battle continues on the prairie.  Charlie Wieser, Catholic Voice, 10-Mar-2009.

Drink, and despair, around every corner in Whiteclay.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, 8-Mar-2009.  Account of the fact-finding trip to Whiteclay by Nebraska Attorney General, two state senators, and a member of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

Timeline of events at Whiteclay.  Omaha World-Herald, 7-Mar-2009.

Eliminating Whiteclay isn’t the solution.  Rapid City Journal, 6-Mar-2009.  Opinion by the Journal Editorial Board.

Troubles from Whiteclay prompt call for protest.  Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-Herald, 3-Mar-2009.  Story about Whiteclay prayer ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

Group protests beer sales in Whiteclay.  Kevin Abourezk, Lincoln Journal Star, 2-Mar-2009.  Story about Whiteclay prayer ceremony at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

Activists pray, rally for Whiteclay.  Kevin Abourezk, Lincoln Journal Star, 2-Mar-2009.  VIDEO of the prayer ceremony at the State Capitol.

Students target Whiteclay liquor sales.  Susan Szalewski, Omaha World-Herald, 2-Mar-2009.  Story about the efforts of Omaha Creighton Prep students.

A-Rod and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Ron Speaks Out, 9-Feb-2009.  Blog notes.

Filmmaker puts focus on Whiteclay.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, 2-Feb-2009.  Account of the Movie Talk panel discussion following a screening of The Battle for Whiteclay at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.

Whiteclay documentary, discussions in Lincoln.  Omaha World-Herald, 29-Jan-2009.

One man’s fight against alcohol dealers.  Nancy Kelsey, Reznet News, 14-Dec-2008.  Profile of Frank LaMere’s battle for Whiteclay.  Includes a review of the documentary film.

Blockade near Whiteclay takes aim at alcohol.  Lisa Munger, Lincoln Journal Star, 28-June-2008.  Report on beer blockade operated by Pine Ridge activists with the support of tribal police.

Whiteclay: The movie.  Nebraska Report, May/June-2008.  Interview with Mark Vasina, director of The Battle for Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete May/June 2008 Nebraska Report.  The interview appears on page 9.

For Whiteclay, still more problems than answers.  Nate Jenkins, The Associated Press, 6-Sep-2007.

World Report: White Clay, Nebraska, Pine Ridge Reservation and alcohol.  HDNetLLC video produced July-2007 (dated 27-Jan-2009 on YouTube).  Includes footage of arrests at the June 28, 2007 beer blockade.

Battle over beer brews on border.  Judy Keen, USA TODAY, 17-July-2007.

The world is watching Whiteclay.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, July/Aug-2007.  Account of the Whiteclay beer blockade on June 28, 2007.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete July/August 2007 Nebraska Report.  The article, with photos, appears on page 6.

Tribal police break up alcohol blockade.  Katie Brown, Rapid City Journal, 29-June-2007.

Tribal police break up attempted beer blockade, arrest three [sic].  Carson Walker, Associated Press, 28-June-2007.  Actual number arrested was six.

Oglala activists plan alcohol blockade at Whiteclay.  Heidi Bell Gease, Rapid City Journal, 26-June-2007.

Principle or practical: Reservation alcohol ban sparks debate.  Heidi Bell Gease, Rapid City Journal, 18-May-2007.

Pine Ridge blockade planned to nab bootleggers.  Carson Walker, Associated Press, 13-May-2007.

The arrogance of ignorance: Hidden away, out of sight and out of mind.  Stephanie M. Schwartz, 15-Oct-2006.  Regarding life, conditions and hope on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Reservation of South Dakota.

Dateline Whiteclay 9/27/06.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, October-2006.  Update includes information about the 2006 blockade.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete October 2006 Nebraska Report.  The update appears on page 9.

Whiteclay blockade.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, July/August-2006.  A report on the first beer blockade attempt at the Whiteclay border on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete July/August 2006 Nebraska Report with additional information about the 2006 blockade, beginning on page 3.

Beer blockade seeks to dry up reservation.  Carson Walker, Associated Press, 28-June-2006.

The legal battle for Whiteclay.  Mark Vasina,  Nebraska Report, April-2006.  A report on the March 2006 protest of Whiteclay liquor license renewals and a discussion of business opposition to action on Whiteclay licenses.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete April 2006 Nebraska Report with photos and additional information about the legal battle for Whiteclay, beginning on page 6.

Whiteclay update: February 2006.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, March-2006.  Update on legislation and other matters.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete March 2006 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 10.

2006 legislative agenda: Whiteclay.  Nebraska Report, Jan-2006.  Includes summary of Whiteclay bills.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete January 2006 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 4.

Whiteclay deputization agreement signed.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, Oct-2005.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete October 2005 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 8.

Finally, some movement on Whiteclay.  Nebraska Report, July/Aug-2005.  Update on actions by the Nebraska Legislature and the efforts to implement a deputization agreement authorizing Oglala Sioux Tribal police to patrol Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete July/August 2005 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 4.

The Whiteclay dilemma.  Froma Harrop, Providence Journal, 7-July-2005.  Opinion.

Marchers again protest White Clay alcohol sales.  Joshua R. Russo, The Chadron Record, 15-June-2005.

Senators: More needs to be done at Whiteclay.  Kevin Abourezk, Lincoln Journal Star, 10-June-2005.  Report on letter signed by 15 state senators.

Funds sought for cops in Whiteclay.  Celeste Calvitto, Rapid City Journal, 10-June-2005.

Open Letter to the Lakota Nation.  9-June-2005.  Text of letter on Whiteclay signed by 15 Nebraska state senators.

Nebraska senators say more needs to be done at Whiteclay.  Scott Bauer, Associated Press, 9-June-2005.  Report on letter signed by 15 state senators.

Going the extra mile on Whiteclay.  Lincoln Journal Star, 3-June-2005.  Staff editorial.

S.D. tribe to help enforce beer laws in Whiteclay.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, 2-June-2005.  Report on deputization agreement.

Tribal leaders agree to help patrol Whiteclay.  Kevin Abourezk, Lincoln Journal Star, 1-June-2005.  Report on U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne’s visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation to encourage the Oglala Sioux Tribe to sign a deputization agreement to patrol Whiteclay.

Pine Ridge tribe tentatively accepts federal money.  Melanie Bloom, KOLN/KGIN-TV, 31-May-2005.  Report on federal money for deputization agreement.

State obligated to help solve problems at Whiteclay.  Frank LaMere, Lincoln Journal Star, 28-May-2005.  Guest View.

Hopelessness of Whiteclay can be ended.  Lincoln Journal Star, 24-May-2005.  Staff editorial.

Dems say Gov dropped the beer can.  Nate Jenkins, Lincoln Journal Star, 15-April-2005.

Democrats urge Heineman, lawmakers to solve Whiteclay problems.  Scott Bauer, Associated Press, 15-April-2005.

Whiteclay issue stirs up dispute.  Robynn Tysver, Omaha World-Herald, 15-April-2005.

Democrats blast inaction on Whiteclay.  Nate Jenkins, Lincoln Journal Star, 14-April-2005.

Frank LaMere on The Battle for Whiteclay documentary.  Nebraska Report, April-2005.  Frank’s comments regarding the screening of a 30-minute work-in-progress version of the documentary.  Also includes updates on 2005 legislation.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete April 2005 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 7.

State Patrol makes case for hiring additional workers.  Scott Bauer, Associated Press, 1-Mar-2005.  Report on Legislature’s Appropriations Committee hearing which included appeal to include funding for alcohol compliance checks in Whiteclay.

Bill affecting Whiteclay gets mixed response.  Scott Bauer, Associated Press, 8-Feb-2005.  Report on the Legislature’s General Affairs Committee hearing on LB530, the ‘license density’ bill.  The Committee later voted to kill the bill.

Many groups back liquor license bill.  Leslie Reed, Omaha World-Herald, 8-Feb-2005.  Report on the General Affairs Committee hearing on the ‘license density’ bill.

Headway made in Whiteclay.  Scott Bauer, Associated Press, 6-Feb-2005.  Discussion of legislative bills, the deputization agreement and actions by the Liquor Control Commission.

Liquor Commission appeals ruling in favor of Whiteclay store owner.  The Associated Press, 22-Dec-2004.

Whiteclay: Where are our moral values, Nebraska? Rachel Gonzalez, Nebraska Report, Nov/Dec-2004.  Report on the Sheridan County Board hearing held November 15, 2004 regarding application for a new beer license in Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete Nov/Dec 2004 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 6.

Legislative remedies for Whiteclay.  Mark Vasina, Nebraska Report, Nov/Dec-2004.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete Nov/Dec 2004 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 7.

Support grows for action on Whiteclay issue.  Diane Riibe, Nebraska Report, Nov/Dec-2004.  Diane Riibe is the executive director of Project Extra Mile, a Nebraska network of community coalitions working to combat underage drinking.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete Nov/Dec 2004 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 7.

Too many bars can bring problems, Liquor Commission says.  Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star, 27-Nov-2004.  Report on ‘license density’ bill to be introduced to the Nebraska Legislature during the 2005 session.

Judge: Liquor license should have been granted in Whiteclay.  Associated Press, 17-Nov-2004.  Report on ruling by judge in the appeal by Jason Schwarting of his license denial by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

A reservation’s relentless poverty.  Evelyn Nieves, The Washington Post, 8-Nov-2004.

Whiteclay on the hot seat.  Kate Allen, Nebraska Report, Sep-2004.  Testimony before the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission in opposition to a new beer license in Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete September 2004 Nebraska Report.  The acticle appears on page 6.

Lawyer: Politics led to denial.  Kevin Abourezk, Lincoln Journal Star, 28-Aug-2004.  Report on judicial appeal of Nebraska Liquor Control Commission’s denial of a license for Jason Schwarting.

Whiteclay beer store owner’s son seeks liquor license transfer.  Associated Press, 28-Aug-2004.  Report on judicial appeal of license denial for Jason Schwarting.

Blatant injustice feeds river of alcohol in Whiteclay.  Mark Karpf, Daily Nebraskan, 12-Aug-2004.  Staff editorial.

Tragedies of car wrecks nearly hit close to home.  Tom Giago, Omaha World-Herald, 5-Aug-2004.

Whiteclay five years on.  Byron Peterson, Nebraska Report, May/June-2004.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete May/June 2004 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 7.

Beer store near reservation loses license.  Associated Press, 22-April-2004.

Liquor license for Whiteclay beer store will be lost May 1.  Associated Press, 22-April-2004.  Report on the Arrowhead Inn hearing before the Liquor Control Commission.

Talks stall on policing Whiteclay.  Leslie Reed, Omaha World-Herald, 20-April-2004.  Report on stalled talks regarding the deputization agreement to authorize Oglala Sioux Tribal police to patrol Whiteclay.

Advocates of beer-free Whiteclay aim to seize chance.  Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star, 2-April-2004.  Report on felony conviction by owner of the Arrowhead Inn in Whiteclay.

Whiteclay: ‘Year of Atonement’ over. No progress. No justice.  Carol McShane, Nebraska Report, March-2004.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete March 2004 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 6.

Tribe ponders alcohol sales at Pine Ridge.  Jomay Steen, Rapid City Journal, 16-Feb-2004.  Report on proposed referendum to legalize alcoholic beverages on the Pine Ridge.

Tribe may bid goodbye to dry.  Jomay Steen, Rapid City Journal, 8-Jan-2004.  Report on proposed referendum to legalize alcoholic beverages on the Pine Ridge.  Includes some information about past legalization efforts.

Whiteclay summit on cross-deputization held on Pine Ridge.  Tom Cook, Nebraska Report, Oct-2003.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete October 2003 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 7.

Poor Bear sues Nebraska officials for civil rights violations.  Leta Rector, Lakota Journal, 28-July-2003.

Brother of man found dead near Pine Ridge suing Nebraska.  Butch Mabin, Lincoln Journal Star, 9-July-2003.

Whiteclay protest march marks progress: Nebraska state officials attend, vow cooperation.  Laura M. Dellinger, The Native Voice, 14-June-2003.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete July/August 2003 Nebraska Report, which contains a reprint of this article, beginning on page 1.

Bruning, Nesbitt promise help for Whiteclay.  Associated Press, 8-June-2003.  Report on March for Unity at Whiteclay.

DNL Issues: Alcohol/Whiteclay.  Dakota-Lakota-Nakota Human Rights Advocacy Coalition.  An archive of news stories spanning Sep-1999 to 10-June-2003.

Whiteclay deterioration focus of march, rally.  Tom Jordison, Daily Nebraskan, 3-March-2003.  Report on panel discussion held at the Nebraska Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by march to the Nebraska governor’s mansion.

A Year of Atonement for Whiteclay.  Nebraska Report, Mar-2003.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete March 2003 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 4.

The Whiteclay lawsuit.  Nebraska Report, Mar-2003.  Report on plans for a lawsuit over the illegal removal in 1904 of the White Clay Extension (buffer zone) from the Pine Ridge Reservation and its transfer to the State of Nebraska.  The lawsuit was never filed.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete March 2003 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 5.

2003 legislative agenda: Whiteclay.  Nebraska Report, Feb-2003.  Briefly describes three bills to address the situation in Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete February 2003 Nebraska Report.  The bill summaries appear on page 9.

Nebraskans for Peace calls for removal of liquor commissioners.  Nebraska Report, Jan-2003.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete January 2003 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 7.

Liquor Commission chair publicly attacks Nebraskans for Peace.  Byron Peterson, Nebraska Report, Nov/Dec 2002.  Report on the General Affairs Committee’s interim study hearing on Whiteclay in Rushville on 8-Oct-2002.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete Nov/Dec 2002 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 6.

Guilty as charged: Whiteclay protesters have their day in court.  Carol McShane, Nebraska Report, Oct-2002.  Report on the June 10, 2002 civil disobedience by seven people who opened and drank cans of Hurricane malt liquor in the rose garden at the governor’s mansion.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete October 2002 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 5.

Seven Whiteclay protesters plead guilty, get $100 fines.  Butch Mabin, Lincoln Journal Star, 25-Sep-2004.  Report on the June 10, 2002 act of civil disobedience — drinking beer in public in Lincoln.

Enforce beer laws in Whiteclay as well as Lincoln.  Carol McShane, Lincoln Journal Star, 5-July-2002.  Guest editorial.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete September 2002 Nebraska Report, which includes a reprint of the editorial on page 5.

Why I marched to Whiteclay.  Linda Ruchala, Omaha World-Herald, 8-June-2002.  Guest editorial.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete July/August Nebraska Report, which includes a reprint of the editorial on page 8.

Liquor Commission facing lawsuits over Whiteclay.  Ken Winston, Nebraska Report, April-2002.  Testimony presented at the March 27, 2002 Nebraska Liquor Control Commission hearing.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete April 2002 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 10.

Whiteclay comes to the unicameral.  Nebraska Report, March-2002.  Testimony of Sen. Don Preister (Omaha) and Byron Peterson (Nebraskans for Peace) at a hearing of the Nebraska Legislature’s General Affairs Committee regarding a bill introduced by Sen. Preister to address problems in Whiteclay.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete March 2002 Nebraska Report.  The article begins on page 6.

Whiteclay interim study testimony.  Byron Peterson, Nebraska Report, Nov/Dec-2001.  Testimony by Nebraskans for Peace prepared for an interim study by the Nebraska Legislature’s General Affairs Committee.  The hearing scheduled for October 2001 were cancelled and no report was issued by the Legislature.  Download an Adobe PDF file of the complete Nov/Dec 2001 Nebraska Report.  The article appears on page 10.

Johanns, Oglala Sioux Meet, Talk.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, 12-June-2001.

Walk to Whiteclay: 300 people gather for memorial march.  Jodi Rave Lee, Lincoln Journal Star, 10-June-2001.

Gov. Johanns to discuss Whiteclay alcohol issues with tribal officials.  Associated Press,  5-June-2001.

Camp Justice: BACKGROUND & NEWS OF WHITE CLAY.  Call To Action: AIM.  An archive of news stories spanning Jun-1999 through Aug-2000.

Dispute Over Sioux Reservation Boundary Centers Around Liquor Sales.  STATEWIDE Interactive, 19-Nov-1999.

Camp Justice.  Native News, 9-Sep-1999.

9 arrested at Whiteclay protest contest authority over land.  David Hendee, Omaha World-Herald, 1-Sep-1999.  Report on arrests during the July 3, 1999 protest march from Pine Ridge, S.D. to Whiteclay.

American Indian tribe are marching on the prairies again.  Ed Vulliamy, 11-Aug-1999, Dawn/Observer News Service.

Law for whites vs. law for Indians.  Joe Duggan, Lincoln Journal Star, 8-Aug-1999.

Tensions build in Whiteclay, Nebraska.  Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, 8-Aug-1999. Includes report of alleged arson fire in Whiteclay.

Whiteclay grocers plan to reopen store.  Joe Duggan and Fred Knapp, Lincoln Journal Star, 13-July-1999.

Nine protesters arrested for crossing police line.  Joe Duggan, Lincoln Journal Star, 4-July-1999.

Calls for peace, action dominate Indians’ rally.  Kevin O’Hanlon, Associated Press, 4-July-1999.

The Lodge of Šung’manitu-Išna.  Excellent collection of news articles about Whiteclay and Pine Ridge (with photos), especially 25-June-1999 to 3-July-1999 and 4-July-1999 to 11-July-1999 (includes stories of President Clinton’s visit to Pine Ridge).

Whiteclay, Nebraska: The town that booze built.  Bruce E. Johansen, Native Americas Journal, 28-Jan-1999.

Another man’s poison: Profit and loss in White Clay.  STATEWIDE Interactive, 3-Apr-1998.

Surviving the Pine Ridge legacy: Alcohol propels cycle of despair.  Robert Nelson, Omaha World-Herald, 7-Jan-1996.