Posts Tagged ‘economic justice’

Broken Promises

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By BYRON L. DORGAN / NEW YORK TIMES / July 10,2013

Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, served in the House from 1981 to 1992 and in the Senate from 1992 to 2011. He is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

WASHINGTON — WHEN I retired in 2011 after serving 30 years in Congress, there was one set of issues I knew I could not leave behind. I donated $1 million of unused campaign funds to create the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, because our country has left a trail of broken promises to American Indians.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I once toured a school near an Indian reservation where I encountered a teacher who told me that when she asked a young Indian student what she wanted for Christmas, she said she wanted the electricity turned on in her house so she could study at night.

That type of story is all too familiar. I believe that American Indian children are the country’s most at-risk population. Too many live in third-world conditions. A few weeks ago, I traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It’s hard just to get there. A two-hour drive from Rapid City brings you to Shannon County, the second poorest county in the United States. (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…)

Women March on Whiteclay August 26, Offer Guidelines for Indigenous Allies

Friday, August 17th, 2012

MADVILLE TIMES / August 17, 2012

Lakota activists and allies from Deep Green Resistance and Occupy organizations blockaded Whiteclay, Nebraska on June 9. They are following up that action with a Women’s March on Sunday, August 26, to further protest beer sellers’ exploitation of the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation.

From the organizers’ press release:

“For over 100 years the women of the Oglala Lakota nation have been dealing with an attack on the mind body and spirit of their relatives”, says Olowan Martinez who is a main organizer of the event and resident of Pine Ridge. “The Oglala have been silenced through chemical warfare waged by the corporations who are out to exploit and make a profit off of the suffering and misery of our people. The time has come to end this suffering by any means necessary.” (more…)

In the Shadow of Wounded Knee

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

By ALEXANDRA FULLER / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / August 2012

After 150 years of broken promises, the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are nurturing their tribal customs, language, and beliefs. A rare, intimate portrait shows their resilience in the face of hardship. (more…)

Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Moyers & Company / July 20 , 2012

There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges, co-author of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation Books, 2012), calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive. (more…)

New store opens in Whiteclay catering to tribe

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

By KRISTI EATON (The Associated Press) / LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR / June 28, 2012

In a tiny Nebraska border town that has become known more for alcohol than anything else, KC Willis is hoping to change perceptions.

Willis has opened LightShine Thrift Store in Whiteclay, a town of about 12 people just across from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. (more…)

Whiteclay: Oglala Lakota Lawsuit Keeps Alcohol Problem on Front Burner

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

By MARY ANNETTE PEMBER / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / June 5, 2012

As a Native American woman and recovering alcoholic I am grateful for Whiteclay, Nebraska for the simple reason that it keeps the disease of alcoholism and addiction right where it needs to be for our people: front and center.

Having seen many failures and successes in sobriety, I am convinced that the message in the often-quoted recovery phrase willingness to do whatever it takes is the key to successful sobriety. (more…)

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is drowning in beer

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The Oglala Sioux Tribe takes a stand for alcohol responsibility by fighting against illegal bootlegging on its reservation

By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012

Just six hours from Denver is the town of Whiteclay, Neb. Its population: about 12. Yet in 2010, this tiny town sold 465,000 gallons of beer, enough for nearly 5 million 12-ounce servings.

There’s no place in Whiteclay to legally consume beer, and state law prohibits its resale. So where is all that beer going? (more…)

Oglala Sioux tribal members are proud of Pine Ridge Reservation

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012

Dana Lone Hill is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While poverty and alcoholism are critical issues on the reservation, she says it’s also a place of hope and pride in this e-mailed interview. Lone Hill is author of an upcoming book, “Pointing with Lips.” (more…)

Blood on Their Hands

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

By FRANK LaMERE / THE NEW YORK TIMES / May 16, 2012

Frank LaMere is an activist and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Frank LaMere

Any action short of shutting down Whiteclay and crippling the enterprise that peddles alcohol among the Lakota people is unacceptable. The death toll exacted on the Lakota people by Anheuser-Busch and its partners continues to rise, and the sooner the Sheridan County hell-hole can be leveled the better off Nebraska will be.

County, state and liquor industry officials have long known of the lawlessness and illegal activities that go on there, but they have been allowed to run from their responsibilities as public trustees by reducing the sad reality to a discussion about personal responsibility and market demand. (more…)