indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Health Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Kevin Abourezk: 'Christmas in Whiteclay' tackles liquor problems

Filed Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
More on: border towns, frank lamere, kevin abourezk, liquor, michael murphy, nebraska, whiteclay
     
   

CHRISTMAS IN WHITECLAY Written by Frank LaMere His father told Him it was a forlorn...

Posted by Open Eyes Not Cans - Help Pine Ridge, Not Whiteclay on Monday, November 30, 2015

A story written by activist Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, has been set to music by Michael Murphy. Native reporter Kevin Abourezk has more on "Christmas in Whiteclay," a song that tackles alcohol problems in Whiteclay, Nebraska:
Michael Murphy sometimes hears music when others speak, like the soundtrack to a good film.

The Omaha folk musician finds his best work in the spoken words of those he knows.

He said he especially hears music when he listens to his friend Frank LaMere.

“Frank is so amazingly brilliant, and he sees things and hears things nobody else does,” Murphy said of the Winnebago activist.

Two years ago, LaMere shared a story he'd written with Murphy -- and the seeds of a new song were planted.

LaMere has spent more than a decade trying to convince Nebraska state leaders to shut down four beer stores in the town of Whiteclay, population about 10. The stores sell more than 4 million cans of beer a year, mostly to residents of the nearby dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

About five years ago, LaMere wrote a story about Jesus visiting the small Nebraska village and providing comfort and warmth to the men and women who drink on the streets every day.

Get the Story:
Kevin Abourezk: Activist hopes Whiteclay song can elevate discussion (The Lincoln Journal Star 12/12)

Related Stories:
Editorial: Nebraska must do more to address liquor in Whiteclay (10/13)
Maia Szalavitz: Stereotypes about Native Americans and alcohol (10/2)
Ivan Star: Ignoring alcoholism leads to destruction of the Lakota (01/29)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol is the most devastating weapon (12/5)
Gyasi Ross: Oglala Sioux Tribe makes hard decision on liquor (09/10)
Letter: Oglala Sioux Tribe takes control with legal alcohol sales (09/09)
Brandon Ecoffey: Assumptions in newspapers can cut both ways (09/04)
Oglala Sioux Tribe opens polls for referendum on alcohol sales (08/13)
Native Sun News: Oglala leader discusses liquor and per caps (07/23)
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must take responsibility for liquor (07/17)
Beer distributor changes delivery process for Whiteclay stores (07/11)
Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs legal sales of alcohol on reservation (7/10)
Kevin Abourezk: Oglala leader walks out of Whiteclay meeting (7/9)
Kevin Abourezk: Nebraska governor won't halt Whiteclay liquor (7/8)
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should legalize sales of alcohol (06/24)
Native Sun News: Camp Zero Tolerance sets up by Whiteclay (06/21)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux president arrested in Whiteclay (06/19)
Native Sun News: Statement from Oglala Sioux Tribe president (06/18)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux president arrested in Whiteclay (06/17)
Kevin Abourezk: Oglala Sioux Tribe approves vote on alcohol (06/12)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tribes find common ground with Trump on Supreme Court nominee (2/17)
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL camp (2/17)
Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access moved to February 28 (2/17)
Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern (2/17)
Editorial: Presidents on Mount Rushmore didn't treat tribes so well (2/17)
Native women pushing for action on missing and murdered sisters (2/16)
Army Department formally cancels Dakota Access Pipeline review (2/16)
Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access firms see spills, explosions (2/16)
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (2/16)
Cronkite News: Navajo school official worried about Trump era cuts (2/16)
Monte Mills: Tribes turn to courts to battle Dakota Access Pipeline (2/16)
Steven Newcomb: Dakota Access marks growth of imperial empire (2/16)
Vena A-dae Romero: Bringing our tribes out of obesity & diabetes (2/16)
Gyasi Ross: Native and African people share history of resistance (2/16)
Mohegan Tribe announces resignation of top gaming executive (2/16)
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians secures funding for casino hotel (2/16)
Standing Rock leader vows to 'forgive' after White House slight (2/15)
Native women host briefing on missing, murdered women & girls (2/15)
Native Sun News Today: Vic Runnels was an artist for all seasons (2/15)
Native Sun News Today: Rapid City rivals in crosstown showdown (2/15)
Freedom Socialist: Voices from water protectors at Standing Rock (2/15)
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in Trump era (2/14)
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access (2/14)
Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (2/14)
Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history at polls (2/14)
Native Sun News Today: Indian lawmakers invited to cracker barrel (2/14)
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe comes together for health (2/14)
Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expected (2/13)
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (2/13)
Army Corps gave go ahead to Dakota Access Pipeline in key memo (2/13)
First State of Indian Nations address in the new Donald Trump era (2/13)
Donald Trump's Cabinet growing with more anti-Indian advocates (2/13)
Tim Giago: A reservation boarding school teacher I'll never forget (2/13)
Mark Trahant: Battle over Dakota Access Pipeline is far from over (2/13)
Native Sun News Today: Wambli Ska keeps culture alive for youth (2/13)
Victor Swallow: Oglala Sioux family remains connected to the land (2/13)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.