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'There's going to be change': Native activists count coup on enemies in the community
'There's going to be change': Native activists count coup on enemies in the community (July 9, 2019)

Drawing inspiration from the late Frank LaMere, Native activists are taking aim at the seemingly endless cycle of addiction and poverty.


Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere
Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere (June 17, 2019)

Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.


Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town
Native activist receives honorary degree for work in border town (May 13, 2019)

Frank LaMere was arrested for protesting the sale of liquor in a community near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Now his work is being celebrated.


Healing center aims to offer hope in reservation border town
Healing center aims to offer hope in reservation border town (April 30, 2019)

Liquor sales have ended in Whiteclay, a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. But the healing is only beginning.


'My wrongful arrest': Native journalist doubles down on defense in drunken driving case
'My wrongful arrest': Native journalist doubles down on defense in drunken driving case (April 22, 2019)

Jenni Monet is a free woman, despite a new warrant out for her arrest in New Mexico.


President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law (December 12, 2018)

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (October 1, 2018)

A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (July 17, 2018)

Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.


Why can't tribes operate their own distilleries? Blame Andrew Jackson
Why can't tribes operate their own distilleries? Blame Andrew Jackson (June 5, 2018)

A bill to repeal an old ban on distilleries in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill and it turns out tribes can blame a familiar figure for the paternalistic law.


House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.


New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country
New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country (March 19, 2018)

A vestige of a paternalistic era might finally be coming down, leading to more economic development in Indian Country.


Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town
Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town (February 7, 2018)

Activists in Nebraska are continuing the fight for justice in Whiteclay, calling on law enforcement to investigate several unsolved deaths and murders in the reservation border town.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay
Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay (November 16, 2017)

The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.


Lakota man dreams of building tipis in Whiteclay to rebuild border town economy
Lakota man dreams of building tipis in Whiteclay to rebuild border town economy (November 7, 2017)

Leo Yankton sees an opportunity to bring economic development to Whiteclay, a long-vilified place where four beer stores sold the equivalent of nearly 4 million cans of beer a year until being shut down.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders absent at border town liquor summit
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leaders absent at border town liquor summit (October 13, 2017)

The Whiteclay Summit consisted mostly of white people -- nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, healthcare officials, Christian outreach groups -- but very few Native Americans.


Native Sun News Today: Liquor stores in reservation border town remain closed
Native Sun News Today: Liquor stores in reservation border town remain closed (October 4, 2017)

The beer stores in Whiteclay will remain closed – likely for good after the Nebraska Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely-watched case.


Another fatal accident in Nebraska linked to alcohol sales near reservation border
Another fatal accident in Nebraska linked to alcohol sales near reservation border (September 14, 2017)

Another fatal accident in Nebraska is being linked to the sale of alcohol near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: The fight for Whiteclay moves into the court system
Native Sun News Today: The fight for Whiteclay moves into the court system (September 8, 2017)

The fight for Whiteclay has moved to the state capital as the fate of the four beer stores lies in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court.


Liquor stores in Pine Ridge Reservation border town ask court for ruling to reopen
Liquor stores in Pine Ridge Reservation border town ask court for ruling to reopen (August 29, 2017)

The Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments in a landmark case affecting the sale of liquor in a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Whiteclay liquor store owners head to highest court in Nebraska
Whiteclay liquor store owners head to highest court in Nebraska (May 10, 2017)

Beer is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation as a lawsuit plays out in the state courts.


Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales come to an abrupt halt
Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales come to an abrupt halt (May 9, 2017)

Liquor licenses for Jumping Eagle Inn, State Line Liquor, Arrowhead Inn and D&S Pioneer were set to expire April 30, and under advisement of their attorneys, the four stores shuttered their doors.


Whiteclay goes quiet as liquor stores near reservation shut down
Whiteclay goes quiet as liquor stores near reservation shut down (May 1, 2017)

Liquor is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation for the first time in more than a century.


Whiteclay liquor stores must close temporarily amid court battle
Whiteclay liquor stores must close temporarily amid court battle (April 28, 2017)

The stores near the Pine Ridge Reservation are being advised to stop selling liquor when their licenses expire over the weekend.


Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses (April 27, 2017)

A judge in Nebraska gave the owners a big victory, allowing them to continue selling beer near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning
Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning (April 27, 2017)

Frank LaMere, who crusaded against alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska, for more than two decades, broke down into tears.


Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses (April 26, 2017)

The stores in the tiny Nebraska town are supposed to shut down when their licenses expire over the weekend.


Whiteclay liquor stores ordered to shut down after losing licenses
Whiteclay liquor stores ordered to shut down after losing licenses (April 20, 2017)

A day many Native people thought would never come finally arrived in Nebraska.


Nebraska commission holds long hearing on Whiteclay liquor stores
Nebraska commission holds long hearing on Whiteclay liquor stores (April 7, 2017)

Tribal officials, activists and allies said the stores should lose their licenses because they create numerous problems.


Whiteclay liquor licenses under review amid outcry in Nebraska
Whiteclay liquor licenses under review amid outcry in Nebraska (March 28, 2017)

Officials in Nebraska finally appear to be taking a stronger stance on liquor issues in the border town.


Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales up for review again
Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales up for review again (March 21, 2017)

Nebraska’s state liquor commission will decide the fate of the tiny but notorious town of Whiteclay, whose livelihood depends on selling beer to vulnerable Lakota.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Shutting down Whiteclay liquor stores won't address our addictions
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Shutting down Whiteclay liquor stores won't address our addictions (February 24, 2017)

Lakota Hope has started a fund raising campaign to raise $6.3 million dollars to buy out the four stores selling alcohol in Whiteclay. Say what?


Nebraska county backs liquor licenses in reservation border town
Nebraska county backs liquor licenses in reservation border town (January 11, 2017)

Native activists and their supporters continue efforts to shut down the sale of liquor near the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Activists seek closure of liquor stores in reservation border town
Activists seek closure of liquor stores in reservation border town (June 8, 2016)

Four stores in a town of 10 people are responsible for selling an estimated 3.5 million cans of beer a year.


Editorial: Meth and alcohol abuse are destroying our way of life
Editorial: Meth and alcohol abuse are destroying our way of life (June 2, 2016)

It is a major form of hypocrisy for we, as Indian people, to preach about the Wakanyeja and about how precious they are to us and then turn our backs on the horrible things that meth and alcohol are doing to them.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Ending Whiteclay beer sales starts at home
Ivan Star Comes Out: Ending Whiteclay beer sales starts at home (May 26, 2016)

Although alcohol is illegal on our homeland, laws are minimal and punishment is lackadaisical.


Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe halts referendum on alcohol
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe halts referendum on alcohol (May 20, 2016)

Rain-soaked horseback riders converged on the Oglala Sioux Tribal offices to protest a referendum election to legalize alcohol on the dry reservation.


Oglala Sioux Tribe calls off referendum to legalize sale of liquor
Oglala Sioux Tribe calls off referendum to legalize sale of liquor (May 17, 2016)

The election was due to take place on Tuesday but a protest convinced the tribal council to pull the plug.


Steve Russell: Inconvenient truths about alcohol in Indian Country
Steve Russell: Inconvenient truths about alcohol in Indian Country (May 9, 2016)

Maybe Indian nations labor under the delusion that Indians are different from other people—more docile—and so they will accept alcohol prohibition.


Brian Pierson: Omaha Tribe wins boundary case in Supreme Court
Brian Pierson: Omaha Tribe wins boundary case in Supreme Court (April 12, 2016)

In his opinion for a unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas was careful to keep alive a potential challenge to the tribe’s regulatory authority in the portion of the reservation occupied by non-Indians.


Nebraska won't fully concede despite loss in Omaha Tribe's case
Nebraska won't fully concede despite loss in Omaha Tribe's case (March 23, 2016)

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson (R) is standing down -- for now -- after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a unanimous victory in a closely-watched reservation diminishment case.


Supreme Court backs Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case
Supreme Court backs Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case (March 22, 2016)

By a unanimous vote, the justices determined that Congress did not intend to change the boundaries of the tribe's reservation in Nebraska.


Lakota Country Times: Activists continue battle to close Whiteclay
Lakota Country Times: Activists continue battle to close Whiteclay (March 4, 2016)

A mixed group of Native and non-Native residents of Nebraska are again calling for the closure of the town of White Clay.


Native activists ask Obama to help with liquor sales in Whiteclay
Native activists ask Obama to help with liquor sales in Whiteclay (February 11, 2016)

Four liquor establishments in the small Nebraska village sell nearly 4 million cans of beer a year, primarily to Native Americans.


Lyle Denniston: Supreme Court seems more sympathetic to Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case
Lyle Denniston: Supreme Court seems more sympathetic to Omaha Tribe in reservation boundary case (January 22, 2016)

The case got its start when the tribe — with approval of the federal government — decided to regulate liquor sales on the reservation.


Supreme Court hears Omaha Tribe reservation boundary dispute
Supreme Court hears Omaha Tribe reservation boundary dispute (January 20, 2016)

The justices appeared skeptical of the state of Nebraska's attempts to diminish the reservation by excluding the village of Pender from the tribe's land base.


Omaha Tribe lands in Supreme Court in reservation boundary case
Omaha Tribe lands in Supreme Court in reservation boundary case (January 19, 2016)

The outcome will determine whether the village of Pender remains a part of the reservation in northeastern Nebraska.


Lyle Denniston: Supreme Court considers Omaha Tribe dispute
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Lyle Denniston: Supreme Court considers Omaha Tribe dispute (January 14, 2016)

The Supreme Court is now being asked to define what happens to Indian lands after Congress agreed to let settlers occupy lands within an Indian reservation.


First Nation might completely outlaw liquor in wake of homicide
First Nation might completely outlaw liquor in wake of homicide (January 5, 2016)

Chief Rodger Redman said alcohol was a factor in the murder of a 28-year-old man on the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan.


Kevin Abourezk: 'Christmas in Whiteclay' tackles liquor problems
Kevin Abourezk: 'Christmas in Whiteclay' tackles liquor problems (December 14, 2015)

A story that activist Frank LaMere wrote about liquor problems in Whiteclay, Nebraska, has been set to music,


Editorial: Nebraska must do more to address liquor in Whiteclay
Editorial: Nebraska must do more to address liquor in Whiteclay (October 13, 2015)

It's impossible to accurately quantify human suffering with money, but the Whiteclay situation has its own facts and figure.


Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (October 5, 2015)

Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.


Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary case
Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary case (October 2, 2015)

The high court's October 2015 term is shaping up to be a busy and potentially dangerous one for Indian Country.


Navajo Nation celebrates closure of liquor businesses in Arizona
Navajo Nation celebrates closure of liquor businesses in Arizona (September 4, 2015)

Three liquor stores that fell outside of tribal jurisdiction because they were located on fee land are now permanently closed.


Obama backs Omaha Tribe in dispute over reservation boundaries
Obama backs Omaha Tribe in dispute over reservation boundaries (August 24, 2015)

The outcome of Nebraska v. Parker will determine whether non-Indian liquor stores must pay a 10 percent tax to the tribe.


Omaha Tribe surprised by appeal in reservation boundary case
Omaha Tribe surprised by appeal in reservation boundary case (May 28, 2015)

The tribe met with local officials to discuss the matter but wasn't told that a Supreme Court petition had already been drafted.


Mescalero Apache Nation holds liquor referendum on May 12
Mescalero Apache Nation holds liquor referendum on May 12 (May 6, 2015)

Members will determine whether to close the package liquor store, also known as the tribal bar.