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Mary Annette Pember: Oglala man runs grocery store in Whiteclay






Arrowhead Foods in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Photo from Facebook

Martin Pilcher, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is the first Native business owner in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember has more on Arrowhead Foods:
Terry Two Bull’s guacamole is so good that people are willing to lie for it it. Two Bulls is also the “chicken guy” at Arrowhead Foods, the first Native owned business in Whiteclay, Nebraska, near the Pine Ridge reservation in neighboring South Dakota.

Martin Pilcher, Lakota from Pine Ridge, who bought Arrowhead Foods in December, recently described the guacamole incident. “A lady called up and asked if we had any guacamole left. It’s really good and people like it; we had one container left. She asked me to save it for her and I said I would,” Pilcher recalls.

Unfortunately Pilcher didn’t get the woman’s name, so when a lady showed up near closing time asking if there was any guacamole left he asked her if she was the one who had called.

“She kind of paused for a minute but then she smiled and said, “Why, yes, I am the one,” he said.

“Not 15 minutes later the lady who had actually called came in asking for the guacamole. It was kind of embarrassing and she was unhappy but we just laughed about the lady who lied to get the last container!” Pilcher said.

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Mary Annette Pember: Native-Owned Grocer Draws Crowds to Whiteclay for Chicken, Not Booze (Indian Country Today 2/1)

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