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Lakota People and Allies Block Access to Genocidal Liquor Sales in Whiteclay Again

3 Mar

Oglala President Brewer involved in #ShutDownWhiteClay

On last week’s anniversary of the Occupation of Wounded Knee, February 27, 1973, two bars in Whiteclay, Nebraska were shut down by about 60 activists of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and the Deep Green Resistance (DGR) organization. It would not be the first time they shut them down. DGR and a handful of Lakota have committed to fighting the good fight until they shut down Whiteclay for the past year. Many people can argue that Whiteclay still opens for business the next day. Yet, no one will argue that they have always shut it down while protesting. They have been successful every time, even when members of DGR were arrested and thrown, locked together, in a dirty horse trailer littered with manure.

The number of people showing up to protest has grown significantly. On February 28th, 2013 there were about a hundred, including Oglala Lakota Tribal President Bryan Brewer. The first time in the history of tribal government that an Oglala Sioux Tribal president showed up to help lead his people in a cause that they believe so strongly in. Continue reading

Lakota warriors and Deep Green Resistance call for support on the Great Plains

13 Dec

Activists and warriors have launched a drive for funds and supplies to sustain their ongoing organizing and resistance in the Great Plains region. The following message is from their online drive:

“In 2011 we met and  began working together in a good way. Members of Deep Green Resistance and Lakota warriors and activists joined together to fight on the Great Plains. In 2012 we joined with others to fight against the liquid genocide of White Clay NE, temporarily shutting it down three times. We are fighting and organizing against the Keystone XL pipline. We must protect our sacred water. We joined together in solidarity with Lakota elder Vern Traversie against the racist abuse of Rapid City Regional Hospital. The KKK has reared its ugly head in the sacred black hills and we must stand and fight against them in 2013. We cannot do this work without material support. Besides material support we need bodies willing to join us on the frontlines. Please help us continue fighting in 2013.”

For more information click here or email deepgreenresistancegreatplains@riseup.net

People can also relay this message via Facebook.

For more background on the situation in White Clay and the connections between DGR and Lakota activists, check out the article “Crazy Horse was a Sober Warrior: 31 Notes on the Alcohol Wars at Pine Ridge“, posted September 7 on the EF! Newswire

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Stand with Pine Ridge Against Genocide in White Clay

9 May

A Day of Action against White Clay, NE

White Clay, Nebraska is an unincorporated village with a population of 14 people in northwest Nebraska. The town sits on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota (also known as the Oglala Sioux Tribe), only 200 feet from the official reservation border and less than 3 miles from the center of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the largest town on the reservation. On June 9th, the fight against White Clay continues.

Sale and possession of alcoholic beverages on the Pine Ridge is prohibited under tribal law. Except for a brief experiment with on-reservation liquor sales in the early 1970s, this prohibition has been in effect since the reservation lands were created. White Clay has four off-sale beer stores licensed by the State of Nebraska which sell the equivalent of 4.5 million 12-ounce cans of beer annually (12,500 cans per day), mostly to the Oglalas living on Pine Ridge. These retailers routinely violate Nebraska liquor law by selling beer to minors and intoxicated persons, knowingly selling to bootleggers who resell the beer on the reservation, permitting on-premise consumption of beer in violation of restrictions placed on off-sale-only licenses, and exchanging beer for sexual favors.

Many people have died in the streets due to exposure, as the state of Nebraska fails to address the breaches of state law and countless deaths as a result of dealers in White Clay. As long as the liquor stores in White Clay remain in business, the genocide of the Oglala Lakota people will continue.

Deep Green Resistance Great Plains and other Deep Green Resistances organizers across the country are coordinating support for the Oglala Lakota activists organizing the action against the liquor peddlers in White Clay. We stand with the people of Pine Ridge and the organizers of this action against the continuation of genocide. Stand with us as we send the message: “No more liquor in White Clay!”

On June 9th 1999 two Lakota men, Wally Black Elk and Ron Hard Heart, were brutally murdered in White Clay. It is in their memory that we will march for justice. We are seeking material support, in the form of food and donations for caravans and for the action itself. Additionally, we will be collecting donated fans and air conditioners to bring to elders on Pine Ridge.

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

If you’re interested in attending this day of action, please contact TR Mckenzie, coordinator of DGR Great Plains at trmckenzie@riseup.net or one of the regional organizers:

Eastern Iowa – Nate Adeyemi : adeyemi_dgr_gp@riseup.net or 815 632 7243

Wisconsin – Ben Cutbank: contact@deepgreenresistancewisconsin.org or (262) 208-5347

Omaha/Lincoln, NE – Christie Schoening : tuffenoughtorock@gmail.com

Colorado – Alex Budd : alexbudd@riseup.net or 720 425 4955

Western IA/Eastern SD – T.R. McKenzie: trmckenzie@riseup.net or 605 868 8111

West Coast – Xander Knox: xander_dgr@riseup.net or 253-906-4740