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Whiteclay liquor stores must close temporarily amid court battleFiled Under: Business | Law | National
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 licensesFiled Under: Business | Law | National
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 beginningFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
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 licensesFiled Under: Business | Law | National
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 licensesFiled Under: Business | Law | National
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 storesFiled Under: Business | Law | National
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.
Native Sun News Today: Whiteclay liquor sales up for review againFiled Under: Business | National
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 addictionsFiled Under: Opinion
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?
Native Sun News Today: Tribal citizens share bordertown storiesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribal citizens share bordertown stories (September 20, 2016)
The Montana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission heard a number of heart-wrenching personal experiences from Native people.
Harlan McKosato: Let's work to ensure Native lives really matterFiled Under: Opinion
Harlan McKosato: Let's work to ensure Native lives really matter (August 18, 2016)
The national media never mentions that more Natives are killed by police, per capita, than any other racial or ethnic group.
Civil Rights Commission sets briefing on border town discriminationFiled Under: National
Civil Rights Commission sets briefing on border town discrimination (August 1, 2016)
The Montana Advisory Committee will hear from tribal leaders and other officials about discrimination faced by Native Americans in Montana's largest city.
Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officerFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officer (August 1, 2016)
Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old mother, was shot and killed in Winslow, Arizona, a community near the reservation border.
Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery storeFiled Under: Business | National
Lakota Country Times: Blaze destroys Native-owned grocery store (August 1, 2016)
A store owned by a local Lakota family burned to the ground in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.
Pamela Peters: Leaving the Navajo Nation helped me find purposeFiled Under: Opinion
Pamela Peters: Leaving the Navajo Nation helped me find purpose (August 1, 2016)
As a very young child, it didn’t occur to me to question my family’s bi-cultural way of my life.
Police officer cleared for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation womanFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Police officer cleared for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation woman (July 25, 2016)
Loreal Juana Barnell Tsingine was killed on March 27 in Winslow, Arizona, a community near the reservation.
Johnny Rustywire: Navajo mother worked hard at motel for familyFiled Under: Opinion
Johnny Rustywire: Navajo mother worked hard at motel for family (July 25, 2016)
The Pony Soldier Motel on Route 66 was just around the bend to East Flag—as in Flagstaff, Arizona, called Kinlani in Navajo.
Activists seek closure of liquor stores in reservation border townFiled Under: Law | National
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.
Albert Bender: Navajo woman gunned down by police officer in border townFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Albert Bender: Navajo woman gunned down by police officer in border town (May 12, 2016)
Who should be considered credible? Border town police who have a reputation for wantonly abusing and killing Native people?
Border town promises change after fatal shooting of Navajo womanFiled Under: Law | National
Border town promises change after fatal shooting of Navajo woman (May 10, 2016)
Loreal Tsingine, 27, was shot and killed by a police officer in Winslow, Arizona, on March 27.
Brothers awarded $450K for anti-Indian beating at New Mexico barFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Brothers awarded $450K for anti-Indian beating at New Mexico bar (May 5, 2016)
A bouncer testified that a bar manager yelled anti-Indian slurs at the two brothers and that Indian patrons were often denied entry at the Top Deck in Farmington.
Native Sun News: Group aims to bring positive change to Rapid CityFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Group aims to bring positive change to Rapid City (May 5, 2016)
In February 2015, several powerful leaders of the Lakota community came together to discuss the escalating racial conflict in Rapid City, South Dakota, particularly involving police.
Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shootingFiled Under: Law | National
Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shooting (April 8, 2016)
Tribal leaders and members see the death of Loreal Tsingine as a sign of the discrimination hey encounter in a border town near the reservation.
Navajo Nation woman shot and killed by police officer in ArizonaFiled Under: Law | National
Navajo Nation woman shot and killed by police officer in Arizona (March 30, 2016)
The shooting took place in Winslow, a city south of the border of the reservation.
Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paperFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Columnist fired for praising Native-owned paper (March 28, 2016)
Just a couple weeks ago, Jim Kent, a widely publicized columnist was informed by the Rapid City Journal that he would no longer be employed by the paper.
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case (March 25, 2016)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are defending their reservation borders in a long-running dispute with the state of Wyoming.
Lakota Country Times: Activists continue battle to close WhiteclayFiled Under: National
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.
Activists rally in support of Indigenous Peoples' Day in FlagstaffFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Activists rally in support of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Flagstaff (February 16, 2016)
A resolution being considered by the city council would bring about concrete change with public hearings, a report and an action plan to improve the lives of Native Americans who live, work and attend school in the city.
Native activists ask Obama to help with liquor sales in WhiteclayFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
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.
Mary Annette Pember: Oglala man runs grocery store in WhiteclayFiled Under: Business | National
Mary Annette Pember: Oglala man runs grocery store in Whiteclay (February 1, 2016)
Terry Two Bull’s guacamole is so good that people are willing to lie for it it.
Native Sun News: Racist treatment of Indian students addressedFiled Under: Education | National
Native Sun News: Racist treatment of Indian students addressed (January 21, 2016)
For over a century, more than just a bridge has separated non-Indian people living in the township of Flandreau, South Dakota, and Indian students and residents of the Flandreau Indian School.
Non-Indian defendant gets life for shootings of tribal membersFiled Under: Law | National
Non-Indian defendant gets life for shootings of tribal members (January 11, 2016)
Two members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe were shot as they slept -- Stallone Trosper was killed while James Goggles survived.
Kevin Abourezk: 'Christmas in Whiteclay' tackles liquor problemsFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
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,
Native Sun News: Former mayor reflects on tenure in Rapid CityFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News: Former mayor reflects on tenure in Rapid City (October 19, 2015)
When Mayor Sam Kooiker lost his re-election in June, the Native American community living within the city limits lost a major proponent and advocate for their needs.
Editorial: Nebraska must do more to address liquor in WhiteclayFiled Under: Opinion
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.
Guilty pleas for shootings of Indian men in Wyoming border townFiled Under: Law | National
Guilty pleas for shootings of Indian men in Wyoming border town (October 2, 2015)
Stallone Trosper, 29, was murdered while he slept and James Goggles, 50, was seriously injured in the July 18 incident in Riverton.
Navajo Nation to stop operating detox center in border townFiled Under: Health | National
Navajo Nation to stop operating detox center in border town (September 14, 2015)
The tribe will no longer operate the Gallup Detox Center as of October 3.
Ivan F. Star Comes Out: I was wrong about racism in Rapid CityFiled Under: Opinion
Ivan F. Star Comes Out: I was wrong about racism in Rapid City (September 10, 2015)
I found that my current resentment toward white people in general comes from the fact that I had allowed myself to actually believe that racism had been put to rest here in South Dakota.
Native Sun News: City faces possible suit from Lakota 57 parentsFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: City faces possible suit from Lakota 57 parents (September 3, 2015)
On Sept. 1, Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn issued a not guilty verdict in the case of Trace O’Connell.
Parents of Lakota 57 respond to not guilty verdict in Rapid CityFiled Under: Law | National | Opinion
Parents of Lakota 57 respond to not guilty verdict in Rapid City (September 2, 2015)
We are sickened by this white man's decision to allow other rich white men to harm Indian children for fun, while drunk, because they knew they could get away with it.
Lakota Country Times: Not guilty verdict after Lakota 57 trialFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Not guilty verdict after Lakota 57 trial (September 1, 2015)
Trace O’Connell, the non-Native man was accused of throwing beer and yelling racially charged comments at a group of 57 Lakota children during a semi-pro hockey game this past January, has been found not guilty of disorderly conduct.
Native Sun News: Lakota 57 parents seek counseling for incidentFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Native Sun News: Lakota 57 parents seek counseling for incident (August 31, 2015)
Some American Horse School parents would like their children to receive the counseling they were promised following the Jan. 24 incident at the Rush Hockey Game in Rapid City, South Dakota.
James Giago Davies: There's trouble brewing on the racist horizonFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: There's trouble brewing on the racist horizon (August 28, 2015)
Kids are ready to go back to school, football season about to kick off, it seems like just another late August, but something is brewing, something disturbing moves in a mysterious way.
Native Sun News: Lakota activist pushes for hate crime statuteFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Lakota activist pushes for hate crime statute (August 14, 2015)
Racism is hard to prove and when it is proven in a court of law, there is no city ordinance in Rapid City which can effectively adjudicate or impose a harsher sentence for the convicted.
Jim Kent: An act of theater with beer-spilling trial in Rapid CityFiled Under: Opinion
Jim Kent: An act of theater with beer-spilling trial in Rapid City (August 10, 2015)
So, there I was as the warm weather blew in, black planner in hand, scrolling through Rapid City’s entertainment events trying to decide which were worthwhile.
FBI launches preliminary probe into shootings of Indian menFiled Under: Law | National
FBI launches preliminary probe into shootings of Indian men (August 7, 2015)
Leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming traveled to Washington, D.C, to make the case for federal intervention.
Native Sun News: Center examines security after racial incidentFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Center examines security after racial incident (August 7, 2015)
While the alleged hooligan sports fan awaits the results of his poor decision making, Trace O’Connell may also be banned from future events at the civic center; depending on the outcome of his disorderly conduct trial.
Democrats call for hate crimes law after attack on Indian menFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats call for hate crimes law after attack on Indian men (August 6, 2015)
One member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe was murdered and another was left with serious injuries after both were shot in the head by a non-Indian assailant.
Native Sun News: Oglala father speaks out about racial incidentFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Oglala father speaks out about racial incident (August 5, 2015)
Many American Horse School family members feel city attorney, Joel Landeen, failed to represent them properly in the disorderly conduct trial against Trace O’Connell.
Brandon Ecoffey: Rapid City continues with tradition of racismFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Rapid City continues with tradition of racism (July 31, 2015)
The city that once played home to land snatchers and race baiting newspaper men in the mid to late 1800’s has continued on with its legacy of welcoming outright racism.
Shooting highlights racial tensions on Wind River ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
Shooting highlights racial tensions on Wind River Reservation (July 30, 2015)
Two members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe were shot by a non-Indian assailant. One died and the other remains in serious condition.
Native Sun News: Rapid City trial ends with no defense witnessesFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Rapid City trial ends with no defense witnesses (July 29, 2015)
The trial of Trace O’Connell ended abruptly on the morning of Thursday, July 23 before the supporters of the American Horse School could all file into the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Brandon Ecoffey: Race remains an issue for police in Rapid CityFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City (July 27, 2015)
Much of the tension that exists between law enforcement and minority communities is based in the truth that the laws that are enforced in minority communities are not only different but also enforced differently.
Rapid City mayor questions charge in beer-spilling incidentFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Rapid City mayor questions charge in beer-spilling incident (July 24, 2015)
Mayor Steve Allender blames 'social media' for stirring the pot in a closely-watched trial involving the mistreatment of Indian children.
George Abeyta: Stallone Trosper taken from us in act of hateFiled Under: Opinion
George Abeyta: Stallone Trosper taken from us in act of hate (July 24, 2015)
We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness.
Tribal members protest handling of major trial in Rapid CityFiled Under: Law | National
Tribal members protest handling of major trial in Rapid City (July 23, 2015)
A non-Indian man is accused of mistreating young members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
Officials back Northern Arapaho Tribe on hate crime chargesFiled Under: Law | National
Officials back Northern Arapaho Tribe on hate crime charges (July 23, 2015)
Stallone Trosper was shot and killed by a non-Indian assailant while James Goggles remains in critical condition in Wyoming.
Trial opens into racist treatment of Indian children at gameFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Trial opens into racist treatment of Indian children at game (July 22, 2015)
Only one person has been charged in connection with an ugly incident in Rapid City, South Dakota, in January.
Northern Arapaho Tribe calls shooting of men a hate crimeFiled Under: Law | National
Northern Arapaho Tribe calls shooting of men a hate crime (July 22, 2015)
Stallone Trosper, 29, was killed after being shot in the head. A second tribal member, James Goggles, remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Lakota Country Times: Community gathers to discuss raceFiled Under: National
Lakota Country Times: Community gathers to discuss race (July 22, 2015)
Conversations about race can at times be uncomfortable. One group in Rapid City is working to remove the stigma by bringing all races together for a healthy conversation on the topic.
Two men from Northern Arapaho Tribe shot while sleepingFiled Under: Law | National
Two men from Northern Arapaho Tribe shot while sleeping (July 21, 2015)
A non-Indian man has told authorities that he intentionally went looking for homeless people in order to kill them.

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