Posts Tagged ‘buffer zone’

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation dry, alcohol comes in anyway

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Published Monday July 5, 2010
BY RANDALL HOWELL (Native Sun News Managing Editor)
NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES

WHITE CLAY, Neb. –– They will be back like a bad hangover.

And, they’ll be setting up what has become known as the Whiteclay Blockade – a blockade that serves as a one-day barrier to what amounts to the smuggling of alcohol – beer, mostly – onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Native activists protesting “bad man” clause violation Friday in Whiteclay

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Published Thursday January 14, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

A small group of Native American activists will march into Whiteclay, Neb., at 1 p.m. today to present a lawsuit they plan to file accusing four Whiteclay beer sellers and a Christian ministry of violating the “bad man” clause of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. (more…)

Whiteclay: What can Nebraska do?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Published Saturday, December 12, 2009
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

What can Nebraska do?

Some suggestions from Friday’s hearing:

* Create buffer zone where liquor cannot be sold, thus closing all the beer outlets in Whiteclay. (more…)

Righting a century of wrongs: Whiteclay, Nebraska

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Published Tuesday September 29, 2009
OpenForum

Whiteclay, Nebraska, population 14 (more or less) has been called the “skid row of the plains” for its four liquor stores, which all do brisk business — approximately 12,000 cans of beer a day. The visitors buying the beer are from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — less than 200 feet from the town line — where alcohol is illegal and alcoholism has ravaged the community.

In a New York Times op-ed, former South Dakota Democratic senator James Abourezk recently called for President Obama to restore the town land of Whiteclay to the Oglala Sioux of Pine Ridge, which would effectively render alcohol sales illegal. In the late 1800s, President Chester Arthur, issuing an executive order, created a 50-square-mile buffer zone on the reservation’s southern border, in Nebraska. Its intent was “to prevent renegade whites from selling guns, knives and alcohol to Indians living on the reservation.” Teddy Roosevelt, with the liquor industry in his ear, overturned the order in 1904. (more…)

State seeks Whiteclay solution

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Published Saturday September 26, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — The state has a moral obligation to restrict or end alcohol sales in the border town of Whiteclay.

That was the message Friday from activists calling for a crackdown on liquor outlets in the town. (more…)

On White Clay and Rushmore

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Published Wednesday September 9, 2009
BY PAUL A. OLSON
President, Nebraskans for Peace

Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, was a racist who belonged to the KKK and often uttered crude anti-Semitic remarks (see Great White Fathers by John Taliaferro). His attitude toward Native Americans seems to have been more complex in that one letter of his expresses sympathy for the Oglala, but that sympathy did not extend to urging the return of the sacred Black Hills to the group. It is not surprising, given his Klan connections, that he chose two slave-owning presidents to be immortalized on his sculptured mountain. What is a little more surprising, if he really cared for the Oglala, is that he was willing to use their land for his sculptures — land granted to them under treaty and universally recognized to be rightfully theirs as witness the U. S. recent offer to buy the Black Hills — and that he deified — on his shrine of American immortality – the imperialist Indian hater, Teddy Roosevelt. (more…)

Dry zone sought near Pine Ridge

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Published Saturday July 25, 2009
By PAUL HAMMEL
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN — A former South Dakota senator is urging President Barack Obama to rescind a 104-year-old executive order that allows alcoholic beverage sales to Native Americans in the reservation border town of Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Evil Spirits

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Published Wednesday July 15, 2009

By JAMES ABOUREZK

THE NEW YORK TIMES

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. SINCE taking office, President Obama has overturned several of George W. Bush’s executive orders. I would like to recommend he also overturn one of Theodore Roosevelt’s. (more…)

A brief legal history of Whiteclay alcohol sales

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Published in the April 2009 issue of NEBRASKA REPORT
Reprinted from the June 30, 2008 issue of COUNTERPUNCH
BY JAMES G. ABOUREZK

White Clay, Nebraska, is a tiny village—population 14—in the northwest corner of Nebraska. Despite its size, however, it boasts four liquor stores to serve its customers, most of whom come from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just across the border in southwest South Dakota. (more…)

Students target Whiteclay liquor sales

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Published Monday March 2, 2009
BY SUSAN SZALEWSKI
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Ian Langin and his classmates would have been about 8 years old when two Pine Ridge Indian Reservation members were killed in Whiteclay, Neb.

The unsolved killings brought national attention to the village of 14 that is notorious for supplying alcohol to residents of the reservation just across the South Dakota border. Alcoholism is rampant, although possessing alcohol is illegal on the reservation.

Ten years later, Langin and other Omaha Creighton Prep students are trying to raise awareness of the alcoholism and stop the liquor sales in Whiteclay. (more…)