Posts Tagged ‘Deep Green Resistance’

Meeting on Whiteclay alcohol sales ends quickly with no progress

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By JOE DUGGAN / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / July 8, 2013

LINCOLN — The first meeting between the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Nebraska’s governor may prove to be the last.

The two leaders met Monday morning at the State Capitol to discuss the flash point issue of alcohol sales in the northwest Nebraska border town of Whiteclay. According to accounts from both sides, the meeting, scheduled for one hour, lasted just a few minutes. (more…)

Tribe votes to allow members to decide whether to legalize alcohol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A decision Tuesday to allow the members of a South Dakota tribe to decide whether to legalize alcohol on their reservation has spurred strong opinions on both sides and raised concerns about how the tribe might regulate alcohol sales.

Oglala Sioux tribal leaders and activists have raised fears that legalization of alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation could lead to a sharp spike in alcohol abuse and crime, though others argue legalization could help the cash-strapped tribe fund much-needed treatment and youth programs to combat alcoholism and its devastating effects. (more…)

Hearing for activist set for July 2

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A preliminary hearing for an activist who was arrested last month for allegedly participating in an incident May 3 in Whiteclay will take place July 2 in Sheridan County Court in Rushville.

T.R. McKenzie, who is seeking an end to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, was arrested May 24 while attempting to file a complaint with the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission against a Whiteclay beer store owner. (more…)

Whiteclay Heats Up As Tribe Reconsiders Prohibition

Friday, June 7th, 2013

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 7, 2013

Activists and liquor store owners are clashing in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska on the boarder of the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Beer delivery trucks are being stopped and vandalized as men wielding baseball bats are accused of threatening protesters.

Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge.   But the town of Whiteclay sells the equivalent of up to 5-million cans of beer annually–mostly to impoverished tribal residents.   As the conflict escalates the tribal nation is grappling with the idea of lifting its prohibition of alcohol. (more…)

Protesters file complaint over beer sales to Native Americans in Whiteclay

Friday, May 24th, 2013

By JOE DUGGAN / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / May 24, 2013

LINCOLN — Activists working to end alcohol sales to Native Americans in Whiteclay, Neb., filed a formal complaint Friday against one of the town’s beer store owners.

But before one activist could discuss the complaint with news media, he was arrested on recent charges that he threatened a beer delivery worker in the northwestern border town. (more…)

Activist Arrested As Tension And Violence Escalate In Whiteclay, Nebraska

Friday, May 24th, 2013

By HILLARY STOHS-KRAUSE / NET News / May 24, 2013

This photo, posted to the Facebook page for Camp Zero Tolerance, a group of activists protesting alcohol sales in Whiteclay, allegedly shows people armed with baseball bats provided by the Jason Schwarting, the owner of beer store Arrowhead Inn in Whiteclay. (Courtesy photo)

Tensions in the northwest Nebraska town of Whiteclay have been escalating for the past month following allegations of violence against beer distributors. Shortly before a scheduled press conference Friday morning in Lincoln, activist Timothy McKenzie was arrested. He was intending to file a complaint against a Whiteclay liquor store owner for alleged violence against protestors. (more…)

Activist arrested while trying to file complaint against Whiteclay store owner

Friday, May 24th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / May 24. 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska authorities arrested an activist seeking an end to alcohol sales in Whiteclay on Friday morning before he had a chance to file a complaint against a Whiteclay beer store owner.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested T.R. McKenzie, a member of the group Deep Green Resistance, in the state office building minutes before he planned to file a complaint with the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. (more…)

Whiteclay activist arrested while filing complaint

Friday, May 24th, 2013

By GRANT SCHULTE / ASSOCIATED PRESS / May 24, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An activist who is fighting to end alcohol sales in Whiteclay was arrested Friday before he could file a complaint against a beer store owner in the tiny Nebraska town, which borders South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

State Patrol troopers arrested Timothy R. McKenzie Jr., of Jefferson, S.D., as members of the social justice group Deep Green Resistance were preparing to deliver a complaint letter to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission in Lincoln. (more…)

Activists: Whiteclay protest ended peacefully

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

ASSOCIATED PRESS / January 01, 2013

A New Year’s Eve protest of beer sales in Whiteclay ended peacefully with three of the Nebraska town’s four alcohol stores closing early and making very few late-night sales to Natives, activists said Tuesday. (more…)

For Whiteclay protesters, blockade is personal

Monday, December 31st, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / December 31, 2012

Native American activists were planning to spend the last hours of 2012 trying to disrupt the flow of alcohol onto South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — a fight that for many members is rooted in personal pain and tragedy.

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Deep Green Resistance, which advocates for Native rights, were planning to form a blockade from 9 p.m. until midnight Monday on the road into the officially dry reservation from Whiteclay, just across the state border in Nebraska. (more…)