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What is Whiteclay? – Michael Marvin


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Idle No More Solidarity Action Targets Alcohol Smuggling from Whiteclay

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.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110727/DC41105LOGO )

“We do this to save the lives of our relatives who cannot defend themselves against the harms of alcohol due to the inability of the state of Nebraska to properly police illegal retailer alcohol sales and activities in the town of Whiteclay,” stated activist Olowan Martinez. “We do this to prevent abuses of all forms from reaching into our sacred homes and to show our future generations how to protect our homeland by any means necessary!”

What: Alcohol Solidarity Blockade
When: Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 PM
Where: Border of Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Whiteclay, Nebraska
Who: Representatives from:
  • Oglala Lakota Nation
  • Deep Green Resistance
  • Community Supporters
Why: To stop the illegal alcohol activity at Whiteclay, Nebraska such as:
  • Retailer participation in alcohol smuggling into the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Trade of alcohol for sex
  • Loitering at the premises of alcohol retailers with open containers
  • The inability of Nebraska Liquor Commission to stop illegal retailer activity
  • Recent homicides and physical violence
  • Alcohol sales to minors
  • Alcohol sales to intoxicated people

25% of Pine Ridge Reservation youth suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
2/3 of Pine Ridge Reservation adults suffer from alcoholism.

Contact: Olowan Martinez 605 899–0044
Autumn Two Bulls 605 441–7369
Jorge Castillo 213 840–3336

SOURCE Alcohol JusticePR Newswire (http://s.tt/1xNEb)

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Protesters Search Cars for Alcohol Near Whiteclay

Reposted from the Rapid City Journal.

“Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents who started an unofficial alcohol checkpoint outside of the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay on Wednesday night got some help from tribal law enforcement.

At 6 p.m., a group of about 25 people assembled outside Whiteclay, wearing American Indian Movement security shirts, began to stop and search vehicles traveling from the reservation to the town and back.

The effort was “one of many attempts to keep alcohol off our homeland” Olowan Martinez of Porcupine said. “These people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars off our people,” he said, referring to business owners who sell alcohol at Whiteclay stores.

Reservation police initially tried to stop the group’s roadblock about 9 p.m., saying it violated drivers’ personal rights, but after the protesters reported seeing a number of alcohol violations, police began to stop and check vehicles traveling to the reservation from Whiteclay.

Within minutes, tribal police had arrested a driver and passenger for alcohol offenses, as well as a protester for an outstanding warrant.

Nebraska law enforcement officers monitored the roadblock from their side of the state line.

Members of Deep Green Resistance, an environmental group based in California, were in Whiteclay to support the roadblock efforts. Members of that group also participated in last month’s alcohol protest in Whiteclay.”

More information will be posted soon about the outcome of our court appearance and the actions in Whiteclay afterward.  Check out the story on rapidcityjournal.com for more pictures.

Kate Thunder Hawk stands on S.D. Highway 87 on the border of White Clay, Neb., participating in a protest attempting to stop people smuggling alcohol onto Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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Court Appearance Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the day – the five of us will be appearing at the Sheridan County Courthouse in Rushville Nebraska.  If you live nearby, remember that there will be a rally against Whiteclay outside the courthouse starting at 8:30 AM.  Also remember that you can donate online to help us cover our fines and legal fees.

We’re incredibly grateful for not only the monetary help we’ve received from so many, but also the messages of support and thanks.  The best way to thank us is to fight in solidarity with the Lakota against Whiteclay, whether that takes the form of organizing, donations, or raising awareness about the issue.  This court date doesn’t mark an ending – there are still lifetimes of work ahead in halting and reversing the atrocities committed by Whiteclay (and the US government by extension) and other places like it.

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