Posts Tagged ‘murders’

Case Reopened On Pine Ridge Reservation Deaths

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

by  (SDPR) / National Public Radio / August 18, 2012

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

South Dakota tribe asks US attorney to re-examine more reservation deaths spanning 50 years

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By KRISTI EATON (Associated Press) / Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE / July 11, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oglala Sioux tribal officials want federal authorities to reopen investigations into 16 more unresolved deaths and disappearances at a South Dakota reservation, including one dating back nearly 50 years, a lawyer for the tribe said Wednesday.

Tribal officials presented the list of names to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson during a meeting in Rapid City. The list adds to the 28 deaths on or around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that Johnson agreed to re-examine nearly a month ago. (more…)

New Inquiry of Deaths on Reservation in the 1970s

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS / THE NEW YORK TIMES / June 20, 2012

The United States attorney for South Dakota said Tuesday that prosecutors would re-examine the circumstances surrounding dozens of deaths that occurred on or near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, many dating back to the 1970s when the reservation was embroiled in political violence. (more…)

Tribe Seeks Reopening of Inquiries in ’70s Deaths

Friday, June 15th, 2012

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS / THE NEW YORK TIMES / June 15, 2012

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Forty years after the siege at Wounded Knee by members of the American Indian Movement, the Oglala Sioux tribe has demanded that the federal government reopen dozens of cases it says the F.B.I. may have mishandled decades ago.

Tribal leaders say that as many as 75 people were killed on Pine Ridge during a three-year period of internecine violence that followed the 71-day Wounded Knee standoff with federal troops in 1973, a time that came to be known on the reservation as the “reign of terror.” (more…)

VIDEO: Deep Green Resistance joins Lakota: Action at Whiteclay

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Indigenous Peoples, Resistance and Human Rights / June 12, 2012

Members of Deep Green Resistance join Lakota allies from Pine Ridge in an action against Whiteclay, a tiny Nebraska town with a population of 14 and a total of 4 liquor stores. For years, the rural and isolated town’s economy has been based on the exploitation of the Lakota people.

VIDEO 1: Deep Green Resistance joins Lakota: Action at Whiteclay

VIDEO 2: Rez Ramblings: Protest of White Clay Alcohol Sales

Members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe Blockade White Clay

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

INFOSHOP NEWS / June 10, 2012

Whiteclay, NE – Activists from across the country participated in an act of civil disobedience in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Deep Green Resistance, Un-occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln and Lakota organizers attached U-Locks to their necks and strung a chain between pairs of activists, blockading the road running through the town to bring attention to the town’s infamous liquor industry. After blocking the main road running through the town for 3 and a half hours, police agreed to work with Lakota women to investigate the plethora of crimes and abuses committed by the owners of the four alcohol peddlers in Whiteclay.

VIDEO: Deep Green Resistance joins Lakota: Action at Whiteclay

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

Friday, June 1st, 2012

DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE / April 30, 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.

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Feds will re-examine 39 deaths at Pine Ridge

Friday, May 25th, 2012

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / May 25, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said Thursday. (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…)

Are beer firms to blame for Native American drink woe?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

By Pia Gadkari / April 27, 2012 / BBC News

White Clay, Nebraska – After years of failed efforts to address chronic alcoholism, can a $500m (£308m) dollar lawsuit against the beer supply-chain put an end to one tribe’s deadly struggle with alcohol? (more…)