"Help Support Indigenous Solidarity in Whiteclay" from "Deep Green Resistance"
In June, Deep Green Resistance participated in a blockade of liquor stores in Whiteclay, NE. At the end of August, we will be going back to stand with the women of the Pine Ridge Reservation in the ongoing fight against the genocide of the Oglala Lakota Nation.
Video of Whiteclay blockade on June 9th with members of Deep Green Resistance, Unoccupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln, and Lakota organizers:
2012-04-30 "In Solidarity with Pine Ridge – DGR Great Plains Announces Action at White Clay, NE" from "Deep Green Resistance"
The film Battle for White Clay, a documentary about the ongoing genocide in White Clay, Nebraska
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
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
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
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.
If you’re interested in attending this day of action, please contact TR
Mckenzie, coordinator of DGR Great Plains at
trmckenzie[at]riseup[dot]net or one of the regional organizers:
Eastern Iowa – Nate Adeyemi:
Wisconsin – Ben Cutbank:
Omaha/Lincoln, NE – Christie Schoening:
Colorado – Alex Budd:
Western IA/Eastern SD – T.R. McKenzie:
West Coast – Xander Knox:
Deep Green Resistance Indigenous Solidarity Guidelines.
1. First and foremost we must recognize that non-indigenous people are occupying stolen land in an ongoing genocide that has lasted for centuries. We must affirm our responsibility to stand with indigenous communities who want support and give everything we can to protect their land and culture from further devastation; they have been on the frontlines of biocide and genocide for centuries, and as allies, we need to step up and join them.
2. You are doing Indigenous solidarity work not out of guilt, but out of a fierce desire to confront oppressive colonial systems of power.
3. You are not helping Indigenous people, you are there to: join with, struggle with, and fight with indigenous peoples against these systems of power. You must be willing to put your body on the line.
4. Recognize your privilege as a member of settler culture.
5. You are not here to engage in any type of cultural, spiritual or religious needs you think you might have, you are here to engage in political action. Also, remember your political message is secondary to the cause at hand.
6. Never use drugs or alcohol when engaging in Indigenous solidarity work. Never.
7. Do more listening than talking, you will be surprised what you can learn.
8. Recognize that there will be Indigenous people that will not want you to participate in ceremonies. Humbly refrain from participating in ceremonies.
9. Recognize that you and your Indigenous allies may be in the minority on a cause that is worth fighting for.
10. Work with integrity and respect, be trustworthy and do what you say you are going to do.