Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

In Solidarity with Pine Ridge: DGR Great Plains Announces Action at White Clay

Friday, June 1st, 2012


March for Justice 2012:
Always in Memory of Wally Black Elk and Ron Hard Heart
Date: June 9th, 2012 at 12 pm
Location: Billy Mills Hall, Pine Ridge, SD
A Day of Action against White Clay, Neb.


Crime Watch: Local activist calls for end to alcohol sales at Whiteclay

Friday, May 18th, 2012


The New York Times published an opinion piece by local activist Frank LaMere, who had strong words for beer distributor Anheuser-Busch.

LaMere, a Winnebago tribal member, joined the Times’ Nicholas Kristof’s criticism of the beer giant due to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

The Height of Corporate Irresponsibility — Anheuser Busch

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF / “On the Ground” / May 5, 2012 / THE NEW YORK TIMES

My Sunday column looks at a particularly egregious example of a company putting greed above conscience. I’m speaking of Anheuser Busch selling hundreds of thousands of gallons of alcohol on the edge of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, knowing that almost all of it will go to illicit drinking on the reservation and feed a devastating alcohol problem there. Incidentally, if you want to learn more about the issue, you can read this Times article or watch the documentary “Battle for Whiteclay.” (The Times reporter and photographer were roughed up in Whiteclay during their reporting, but I ran into no problems.)

A lawsuit was filed against Anheuser Busch in February, but the company isn’t even willing to engage critics and discuss the issue. That’s why I’m undertaking my own personal boycott of Busch products, such as Budweiser: If a company cares only about dollars, a boycott might get its attention. Read the column and tell me what you think. Anyone going to join me?

Gold Mines in Hell

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / 100 REPORTERS

In Nebraska, some liquor stores sell booze to minors and manage to hang onto their licenses, according to Nebraska Liquor Control Commission data. That’s as long as the stores are doing business in Whiteclay, Nebraska, located about 250 feet south of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

‘But we don’t do that at Whiteclay’: Health equity and social justice on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

by PAMELA MEJIA / bmsg blog / Feb. 15, 2012

The numbers are eye-catching: A town of 11 people sold 4.9 million cans of beer in one year. But the story of the Oglala Sioux tribe’s recent lawsuit against the country’s largest brewers is about more than a startling statistic. It’s another chapter in the tumultuous history of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (the setting of the 1973 Wounded Knee Incident and the shootout that lead to the arrest of Native American activist Leonard Peltier), which is again the site of tension between United States and Native authority. It’s yet another shameful example, too long ignored by the media, of how companies target communities of color for the sale of harmful products — in this case, alcohol. And it’s the story of the most highly publicized event in more than 10 years of a community’s efforts to combat this exploitation.

Last Thursday the Reservation’s Oglala Sioux tribe filed a lawsuit against beer manufacturers, distributors and retailers, who they claim have knowingly promoted alcohol abuse on the Reservation, where alcohol is illegal. The tribe is seeking half a million dollars in damages to offset the social and health costs of growing alcoholism – estimated at $8-9 million dollars a year. (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…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe Files $500M Lawsuit Against Brewers, Distributors and Sellers of Alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By Vincent Schilling, February 13, 2012/ INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

The Oglala Sioux tribe filed a $500 million lawsuit February 9 against brewers (Anheuser-Busch InBev, Molson Coors, Pabst, Miller Brewers), retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was announced by Tom White, former Nebraska State Senator and attorney for the Oglala Sioux, at a news conference hosted by the Nebraskans for Peace organization. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe Sues to Stop Illegal Alcohol Importation onto Pine Ridge

Friday, February 10th, 2012


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against brewers, retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was announced Thursday at a news conference hosted by Nebraskans for Peace.

Attorney Tom White, legal counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said the defendants are engaged in a common enterprise focused on assisting and participating in the illegal importation of alcohol sold at Whiteclay onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge, where tribal members suffer from crippling poverty and alcoholism rates. Whiteclay lies less than 250 feet from the reservation border. (more…)

Teaching Modern Native American Injustice: The Battle for Whiteclay

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Published Monday November 22, 2010
By NATHAN PALMER, Georgia Southern University

“Have a great break and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a great Thanksgiving.” This is what I always say to my students at the end of our last class before the Thanksgiving/fall break. Without fail a student will ask me, “Who doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving?” When I suggest that Thanksgiving has a much different meaning for Native Americans & other colonized peoples my students either nod or roll their eyes at me. In my experience the students I have worked with are largely unaware of issues among Native American communities today. For many students the history of Native Americans ended with the government executed genocide. Students in the U.S. desperately need to learn about modern day injustices that Native Americans are currently living through. There is arguably no greater or more overt injustice than what is happening in Whiteclay Nebraska. (more…)

Whiteclay movie, two speakers highlight Native American Heritage Month events

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Published Thursday October 28, 2010

KEARNEY — A social and political activist and a film producer will speak at the opening event for Native American Heritage Month at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Monday [Nov. 1] in Copeland Hall Room 142. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. (more…)