2012-07-22 "Women’s Day of Peace: The Life Givers of the Nations say no more alcohol in White Clay" from "Deep Green Resistance"
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Lifting our Hearts, from Wounded Knees
August, 26th 2012 12:00 p.m. (noon) Billy Mills Hall Pine Ridge, SD
Action against White Clay Nebraska
“Our Stand Is Locked to the Land, Shut Down White Clay Today!”
Facts about White Clay, NE -
White Clay 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).
White Clay lies on disputed land, merely 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
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.
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 .The vast majority of those who
purchase beer in White Clay have in fact no legal place to consume it,
since possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Pine
Ridge Reservation remain illegal under tribal law. Many people have died
in the streets due to exposure, as the state of Nebraska fails to
uphold state law or police White Clay. As long as the liquor stores in
White Clay remains in business, the genocide of the Oglala Lakota people
Tribal activists of the Strong Heart Warrior
Society have conducted annual blockades since 1999, trying to intercept
alcohol and drugs being brought into the reservation. In June 2006
tribal activists protested beer sales by blockading the road from Pine
Ridge to White Clay and confiscating beer bought in White Clay. These
activists hoped to prevent bootlegging and illegal sales on the
reservation. On June 9th of this year, young Lakota activists and their
non-native allies held a blockade of the highway leading into White
Clay, and gained concessions from law enforcement. This action in August
will be a continuation of these efforts.
A Message to participants joining in the march:
will be a Women’s led march, only women will be speaking during and
after the march. Men are encouraged to come and will be there to show
support and provide security for the women. We will also provide support
work at the campsite so the women can get together and have women only
circles. The men will also get together at the camp and have male ally
circles. There will be more information provided at the campsite.
Donate Today to the Women’s Day of Peace Fund
To get involved contact:
Olowan Martinez Lead Organizer
605.407.1773 or truelyn8tive[at]yahoo[dot]com
T.R. McKenzie Coordinator for Deep Green Resistance Great Plains
trmckenzie[at]riseup[dot]net or 605.868.8111
the point person in your region. If you would like to be a point person
for this action in an area not already covered please contact Olowan or
Western South Dakota – Olowan Martinez
Eastern Iowa – Nate Adeyemi:
Wisconsin – Ben Cutbank:
Omaha, NE – Christie Schoening:
Lincoln, NE – Jeffrey Eggerss
Colorado – Jennifer Murnan:
Western IA/Eastern SD – T.R. McKenzie:
West Coast – Xander Knox:
Southwest (AZ, NM, UT) – Hershe Michele
Info: Everyone is responsible for their own food for this action, there
may or may not be camping fires to use for cooking while camping on
Pine Ridge, due to the chance of starting a wild fire. Everyone in the
caravan is responsible for the gas in the vehicle they are driving and
riding in. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL will not be tolerated at all during this
entire caravan and action. You will be escorted out of camp and asked to
immediately leave. Please do not test us on this rule. Thank you
everyone for your commitment and love for the cause.
Camping and Caravan Info: To join in the caravan heading from the
East, groups will meet again at T.R. and Joey’s place in Jefferson SD,
on Thursday August 23rd after 3p.m., dinner will be provided. We will
leave from Pine Ridge the next morning around 8am Friday August 24th.
All groups are encouraged to meet at Wounded Knee on August 24th at 3pm.
The campsite on Pine Ridge will be announced at a later date. If you
are traveling from the West please get in contact with Jennifer Murnan
from DGR Colorado she will have lodging for folks the night of August
23rd. August 25th will be a day of social gatherings, Women circles,
Male Ally circles, and trainings for the March on the 26th.
***Information on the Camping situation in Pine Ridge will come later stay tuned***
Deep Green Resistance Indigenous Solidarity Guidelines.
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.
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.
Recognize that there will be Indigenous people that will not want you
to participate in ceremonies. Humbly refrain from participating in
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.