Posts Tagged ‘alcoholism’

Pine Ridge, South Dakota Alcohol Blockade New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Native American Solidarity Action Targets Alcohol Smuggling from Whiteclay, Nebraska

PINE RIDGE, S.D., Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Vowing “we will live up to our obligation once again and be idle no more,” Oglala Lakota Women and allies from the Deep Green Resistance will blockade the border of Pine Ridge and Whiteclay, Nebraska to prevent alcohol from entering the Pine Ridge Reservation where alcohol sales, possession and consumption are illegal, according to Alcohol Justice. (more…)

New Oglala Sioux president: Shut down Whiteclay

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / November 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — At first, the agenda of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s newly elected president might seem overly ambitious.

But Bryan Brewer says issues on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — ranging from a housing shortage and high unemployment to alcoholism and violence — are deeply intertwined. (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…)

KBOO Radio interview with Deep Green Resistance

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Tillicum Wawa / KBOO Community Radio (Portland) / August 30, 2012

On Thursday, August 30, Tillicum Wawa interviewed people from Deep Green Resistance who were locked down at White Clay in support of the Lakota People of Pine Ridge to attempt to stop the sale of alcohol to Indians from the reservation. We also interviewed a medic who was there and Autumn Two Bulls whose son, Wakiyan, was pepper sprayed as well as Wakiyan himself.

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Whiteclay fallout: Women’s Day of Peace march ends with arrests and youth being maced

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By Vincent Schilling / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / August 29, 2012

On August 26, several organizations looking to have a peaceful march of women and children to protest alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska ended with protestors being carted away in horse trailers, verbal altercations and Native youth being maced.

Autumn Two Bulls, a participant and Pine Ridge Reservation tribal legal liaison is the mother of 10-year-old Wakinyan (Lightning and Thunder.) who was one of the Native youth sprayed in the face with mace by a police officer.

Two Bulls was furious such a thing could happen on a day meant to be peaceful. According to Two Bulls, Whiteclay bar owners had hired grown men to fight protestors. When four of the men began yelling at a 14-year-old Native youth, the police arrested the boy but not the other four men involved in the altercation. Native residents proceeded to blockade the police cruiser while telling the officer they were arresting a minor. More law enforcement arrived shortly after the protestors blockaded the car. (more…)

If you plan to travel to Nebraska to stand up for what is right, be prepared to be treated like an animal

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

SICANGU LAKOTA TIMES / August 28, 2012

Modern technology is amazing. There is so much we can do with computers, smart phones, cameras and the Internet. Events can be shared with the world in almost an instant. When you go out in public you cannot really expect any kind of privacy anymore. There is always someone with either a camera equipped cell phone or camcorder to document everything you do. I love it.

On August 26, 2012 the Women’s Day of Peace was held. This event saw a group of concerned Lakota and other people descend upon the small town of White Clay, Nebraska. They went there to demonstrate against the alcohol establishments which have made millions of dollars selling booze. In addition, concerned members of Deep Green Resistance created a human chain across the highway to show how serious they were against the amount of alcohol sold in White Clay. (more…)

Activist criticizes use of horse trailer to remove Whiteclay protestors

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


A protest in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay ended Sunday after officers used a horse trailer to move five protesters to a nearby town.

Olowan Martinez, a Lakota woman and protest organizer, said Monday the five had locked arms and stretched themselves across Nebraska 87 on the north end of Whiteclay.

Sheridan County sheriff’s deputies, Oglala Sioux tribal officers and Nebraska State Patrol troopers in Whiteclay removed the group and put them in the horse trailer.

She said she had never seen law enforcement react that way in Whiteclay.

“It’s insane,” Martinez said. “There’s no seat belt (in a horse trailer). They broke their own laws.” (more…)

UPDATE: Still no official charges against Whiteclay protestors

Monday, August 27th, 2012

KOTA-TV News / August 27, 2012

UPDATE (August 27, 7:30 p.m.):

It’s still unclear what the five demonstrators arrested Sunday in Whiteclay were cited for.

Sheridan County, Neb., attorney Jamie Simmons tells KOTA Territory News she can only speculate as to the possibilities until she gets all the paperwork from the Nebraska State Patrol and files official charges.

She said two likely citations would be blocking the roadway and disobeying a lawful order. (more…)