Posts Tagged ‘murders’

How To Make 4.6 Million Cans of Beer Disappear

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Published Saturday August 28, 2010
BY TIM MURPHY
MOTHER JONES

Whiteclay, Nebraska—We’d barely gotten to the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge reservation before we were told we should probably leave. The main road through was under construction, and we stopped to ask a woman holding a stop sign how to get to Wounded Knee. She set us straight, but then, as we were ready to go, offered some helpful advice: “Don’t get out of the car.”

Excuse me?

“Don’t stop anywhere. Don’t get out of the car.”

Of course, I don’t think she meant we should stop in Whiteclay either. For the uninitiated, Whiteclay is the very first outpost you hit driving south out of the reservation, folded just under the Nebraska state line. On this trip, I’ve seen cities that have died and cities that have been left for dead, but I’ve never passed through a place quite like Whiteclay, so one-dimensional in its horror it feels undead. Maybe the best way to fully understand the town’s purpose in life is to just run the numbers, Harpers Index-style: (more…)

Omaha, Lincoln youth take up Whiteclay cause

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Published Wednesday November 25, 2009
A View From a Washichu
BY STEW MAGNUSON

LINCOLN, Nebr. — In the state of Nebraska, if you can get anyone to show up to an author’s lecture while the Cornhuskers are playing a football game, it’s a small miracle.

But on a football Saturday two weeks ago, about 25 to 30 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus came to hear me speak about Whiteclay, Nebr., the hamlet on the Pine Ridge-Nebraska border that sells millions of cans of beer and malt liquor to the dry reservation every year. (more…)

New details in decade-old Whiteclay killings

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Published  Monday, August 31, 2009
BY CARSON WALKER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The FBI has released new details in hopes of stirring up leads in the decade-old slayings of two American Indian men from South Dakota whose bodies were found near the Nebraska border. (more…)

Reservation searched for Whiteclay shooter

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Published Tuesday July 28, 2009
OMAHA WORLD HERALD
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHITECLAY – Federal authorities were searching the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for a person of interest in connection with a shooting ouside a bar in Whiteclay. (more…)

Poor Bear still waiting for justice

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Published Tuesday June 2, 2009
BY HEIDI BELL GEASE
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

Ten years after his brother and cousin were found beaten to death on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Tom Poor Bear is once again preparing to march in their memory.

The annual March for Justice, set for June 13, is to remind people of Wilson “Wally” Black Elk Jr. and Ron Hard Heart, along with other Native Americans whose murders remain unsolved. (more…)

Timeline of events at Whiteclay

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Published Saturday March 7, 2009
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

1998 — Activists ask the Nebraska Liquor Commission to shut down four liquor stores in Whiteclay, saying the stores exploit American Indians who live on the nearby Pine Ridge reservation. (more…)

Troubles from Whiteclay prompt call for protest

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Published Tuesday March 3, 2009
BY MARTHA STODDARD
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Activists announced a special commemoration this year of the two men whose unsolved slayings sparked a decade of efforts to address alcohol sales in the village of Whiteclay, Neb.

Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, told participants at a wind-whipped rally Monday at the State Capitol that a march is planned in June from Pine Ridge, S.D., to Whiteclay. (more…)

Group protests beer sales in Whiteclay

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Published Monday March 2, 2009
By KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

About two dozen people huddled together in a cold wind for a prayer ceremony and rally on the west steps of the Capitol to protest alcohol sales in Whiteclay.

Several Lincoln and Omaha clergy members spoke at the Monday rally, along with Winnebago activist Frank LaMere and Mark Vasina of Nebraskans for Peace. (more…)

Film Study Guide Available

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Download The Study Guide to accompany The Battle for Whiteclay.

One defendant pleads guilty in slaying

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

SIOUX CITY JOURNAL

RUSHVILLE, Neb. (AP) — One of two defendants in the slaying of a South Dakota man whose body was found in a lake has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. (more…)