Posts Tagged ‘buffer zone’

Sioux president walks out of meeting with Nebraska governor

Monday, July 8th, 2013


Less than three minutes into a meeting Monday about alcohol sales in Whiteclay, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe walked out on Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer said he left because he felt the governor has no intention of trying to address alcohol-related problems that stem from the Nebraska town that sells millions of cans of beer and borders South Dakota’s officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He also accused Heineman of greeting him with a hostile tone, an allegation the governor denied. (more…)

Liquor stores divide a dry reservation

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013


Alcohol has been banned on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for years. But those looking for a drink cross the state line to buy a can or case.

On a narrow road two miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, State Line Liquor beckons.

Inside, “Native Pride” caps line a wall and sodas fill a cooler. But more often than not, people come for Budweiser and malt liquors with names like Tilt Watermelon and Hurricane.

Alcohol has been banned on the South Dakota reservation for generations, so people come to State Line or three other beer and wine stores in Whiteclay for a case, a can or whatever a handful of change will buy. (more…)

Nebraska Delegate Lexie LaMere Stands Up for Native American Community

Monday, August 27th, 2012

By IAN MARTINES / / August 27, 2012

Lexie LaMere, a Nebraska delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was already a Senate Page at age sixteen. While walking with a friend through the halls of the Capitol, she caught sight of the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, fixated with rapt attention at his own portrait.  It wasn’t an unusual occurrence, in fact, since the Senator had been known to do just that on many occasions.  But Lexie was surprised on that day in 2008 to hear Senator Byrd summon her and her peer.


Nebraska activists seek return of Indian land

Friday, June 29th, 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. (more…)

A Battle With the Brewers

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

By  / May 5, 2012 / NEW YORK TIMES

WHITECLAY, Neb. – AFTER seeing Anheuser-Busch’s devastating exploitation of American Indians, I’m done with its beer.

The human toll is evident here in Whiteclay: men and women staggering on the street, or passed out, whispers of girls traded for alcohol. The town has a population of about 10 people, but it sells more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually — because it is the main channel through which alcohol illegally enters the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a few steps away. (more…)

Something Has To Change: The Oglala Lakota Lawsuit against Whiteclay

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

By Dana Lone Hill / LAST RED INDIANS

The first I noticed of the lawsuit recently filed in federal court, by the Tribe I am proudly a member of, was through a link on Facebook that led to an article in a local paper.  After I read it, I admit, I was astonished.  The person who put up the link was a Tribal member who had made the remark that the Tribe “just needed to legalize alcohol, already.” (more…)

Tribe Sues Big Beer Makers for Damages

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Conan Milner

Near the site of the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, a new lawsuit addresses an old problem. The Oglala Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge reservation is suing local alcohol distributors, and some of the nation’s largest beer manufacturers—including Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Molson Coors—for $500 million. (more…)

OPINION: The last effort

Saturday, February 11th, 2012


The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a problem. Many of its members drink too much.

The Pine Ridge Reservation is officially “dry,” but many residents cross the border into Whiteclay, Neb., buy beer there and take it back across the border to drink or re-sell. There’s no news in that. In fact, when activists who have made a career of blaming Whiteclay for the reservation’s woes announced plans this week to sue major beer brewers, the report in the Omaha World-Herald began: “The latest effort …” (more…)

How To Make 4.6 Million Cans of Beer Disappear

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Published Saturday August 28, 2010

Whiteclay, Nebraska—We’d barely gotten to the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge reservation before we were told we should probably leave. The main road through was under construction, and we stopped to ask a woman holding a stop sign how to get to Wounded Knee. She set us straight, but then, as we were ready to go, offered some helpful advice: “Don’t get out of the car.”

Excuse me?

“Don’t stop anywhere. Don’t get out of the car.”

Of course, I don’t think she meant we should stop in Whiteclay either. For the uninitiated, Whiteclay is the very first outpost you hit driving south out of the reservation, folded just under the Nebraska state line. On this trip, I’ve seen cities that have died and cities that have been left for dead, but I’ve never passed through a place quite like Whiteclay, so one-dimensional in its horror it feels undead. Maybe the best way to fully understand the town’s purpose in life is to just run the numbers, Harpers Index-style: (more…)

Liquor debate goes to core of town’s ties to reservation

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Published Saturday July 17, 2010

The irony of Whiteclay is that it sits in what was originally a “buffer zone” created by the U.S. government to “protect” the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from illegal whiskey peddlers operating in the area.

In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur decreed a 50-square-mile buffer zone in Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota to protect Native Americans from the ravages of alcohol, according to the web site for the documentary film, “Battle for Whiteclay.” In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer zone, known as the White Clay Extension, into the boundaries of the reservation. But in a 1904 executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt, 49 of the 50 square miles of the White Clay Extension was placed into the public domain over the protests of Lakota elders and others concerned that the need for a buffer zone still remained. Today, there is still one square mile of Pine Ridge tribal land in Nebraska near Whiteclay, the remnant of President Arthur’s buffer zone. (more…)