Posts Tagged ‘Pine Ridge’

Broken Promises

Wednesday, July 10th, 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…)

Liquor stores divide a dry reservation

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013


Alcohol has been banned on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for years. But those looking for a drink cross the state line to buy a can or case.

On a narrow road two miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, State Line Liquor beckons.

Inside, “Native Pride” caps line a wall and sodas fill a cooler. But more often than not, people come for Budweiser and malt liquors with names like Tilt Watermelon and Hurricane.

Alcohol has been banned on the South Dakota reservation for generations, so people come to State Line or three other beer and wine stores in Whiteclay for a case, a can or whatever a handful of change will buy. (more…)

Pine Ridge, South Dakota Alcohol Blockade New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Native American Solidarity Action Targets Alcohol Smuggling from Whiteclay, Nebraska

PINE RIDGE, S.D., Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Vowing “we will live up to our obligation once again and be idle no more,” Oglala Lakota Women and allies from the Deep Green Resistance will blockade the border of Pine Ridge and Whiteclay, Nebraska to prevent alcohol from entering the Pine Ridge Reservation where alcohol sales, possession and consumption are illegal, according to Alcohol Justice. (more…)

Pine Ridge reservation sees barrage of media attention

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / October 06, 2012

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota has for years attracted journalists and activists eager to tell the stories and share the plight of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The allure for journalists, community activists and gawkers is simple: The Connecticut-sized reservation is home to some of the poorest counties in America, one in four children born on the reservation suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the average life expectancy for tribal members is estimated between 45 and 52 years – the shortest in North America except for Haiti. (more…)

KBOO Radio interview with Deep Green Resistance

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Tillicum Wawa / KBOO Community Radio (Portland) / August 30, 2012

On Thursday, August 30, Tillicum Wawa interviewed people from Deep Green Resistance who were locked down at White Clay in support of the Lakota People of Pine Ridge to attempt to stop the sale of alcohol to Indians from the reservation. We also interviewed a medic who was there and Autumn Two Bulls whose son, Wakiyan, was pepper sprayed as well as Wakiyan himself.

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The Macing of women and children – White Clay, Nebraska 8/26/2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Raw footage: The macing of Lakota women and children by Sheridan County (Nebraska) Sheriff’s Deputy at Whiteclay Women’s Day of Peace on Sunday August 26, 2012.

The White Clay Nebraska Arrest – 8/26/2012 – MORE VIDEO

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012



Video shot inside the horse trailer after the arrest of 5 protesters blocking the highway in Whiteclay on Sunday August 26, 2012.

The White Clay Nebraska Arrest – 8/26/2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

YouTube VIDEO of the arrest of five Deep Green Resistance protesters at Whiteclay on Sunday Aug. 26, 2012:

The White Clay Nebraska Arrest – 8/26/2012


Whiteclay fallout: Women’s Day of Peace march ends with arrests and youth being maced

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By Vincent Schilling / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / August 29, 2012

On August 26, several organizations looking to have a peaceful march of women and children to protest alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska ended with protestors being carted away in horse trailers, verbal altercations and Native youth being maced.

Autumn Two Bulls, a participant and Pine Ridge Reservation tribal legal liaison is the mother of 10-year-old Wakinyan (Lightning and Thunder.) who was one of the Native youth sprayed in the face with mace by a police officer.

Two Bulls was furious such a thing could happen on a day meant to be peaceful. According to Two Bulls, Whiteclay bar owners had hired grown men to fight protestors. When four of the men began yelling at a 14-year-old Native youth, the police arrested the boy but not the other four men involved in the altercation. Native residents proceeded to blockade the police cruiser while telling the officer they were arresting a minor. More law enforcement arrived shortly after the protestors blockaded the car. (more…)

If you plan to travel to Nebraska to stand up for what is right, be prepared to be treated like an animal

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

SICANGU LAKOTA TIMES / August 28, 2012

Modern technology is amazing. There is so much we can do with computers, smart phones, cameras and the Internet. Events can be shared with the world in almost an instant. When you go out in public you cannot really expect any kind of privacy anymore. There is always someone with either a camera equipped cell phone or camcorder to document everything you do. I love it.

On August 26, 2012 the Women’s Day of Peace was held. This event saw a group of concerned Lakota and other people descend upon the small town of White Clay, Nebraska. They went there to demonstrate against the alcohol establishments which have made millions of dollars selling booze. In addition, concerned members of Deep Green Resistance created a human chain across the highway to show how serious they were against the amount of alcohol sold in White Clay. (more…)