Oglala Sioux Tribe members will vote in March on whether marijuana should be legalized on the Pine Ridge Reservation and whether alcohol should be served in its casinos.
I often write that the more things change in Indian Country the more they stay the same.
A bar in a reservation border town once had a sign with 'No Indians Allowed' carved in wood.
The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.
Drawing inspiration from the late Frank LaMere, Native activists are taking aim at the seemingly endless cycle of addiction and poverty.
Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.
Frank LaMere was arrested for protesting the sale of liquor in a community near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Now his work is being celebrated.
Liquor sales have ended in Whiteclay, a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. But the healing is only beginning.
Jenni Monet is a free woman, despite a new warrant out for her arrest in New Mexico.
The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.
A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.
Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.
Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.
A bill to repeal an old ban on distilleries in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill and it turns out tribes can blame a familiar figure for the paternalistic law.
A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.
A vestige of a paternalistic era might finally be coming down, leading to more economic development in Indian Country.
Activists in Nebraska are continuing the fight for justice in Whiteclay, calling on law enforcement to investigate several unsolved deaths and murders in the reservation border town.
The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.
Leo Yankton sees an opportunity to bring economic development to Whiteclay, a long-vilified place where four beer stores sold the equivalent of nearly 4 million cans of beer a year until being shut down.
The Whiteclay Summit consisted mostly of white people -- nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, healthcare officials, Christian outreach groups -- but very few Native Americans.
The beer stores in Whiteclay will remain closed – likely for good after the Nebraska Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely-watched case.
Another fatal accident in Nebraska is being linked to the sale of alcohol near the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The fight for Whiteclay has moved to the state capital as the fate of the four beer stores lies in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The Nebraska Supreme Court heard arguments in a landmark case affecting the sale of liquor in a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Beer is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation as a lawsuit plays out in the state courts.
Liquor licenses for Jumping Eagle Inn, State Line Liquor, Arrowhead Inn and D&S Pioneer were set to expire April 30, and under advisement of their attorneys, the four stores shuttered their doors.
Liquor is no longer flowing in a small town near the Pine Ridge Reservation for the first time in more than a century.
The stores near the Pine Ridge Reservation are being advised to stop selling liquor when their licenses expire over the weekend.
A judge in Nebraska gave the owners a big victory, allowing them to continue selling beer near the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Frank LaMere, who crusaded against alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska, for more than two decades, broke down into tears.
The stores in the tiny Nebraska town are supposed to shut down when their licenses expire over the weekend.
A day many Native people thought would never come finally arrived in Nebraska.
Tribal officials, activists and allies said the stores should lose their licenses because they create numerous problems.
Officials in Nebraska finally appear to be taking a stronger stance on liquor issues in the border town.
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.
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 activists and their supporters continue efforts to shut down the sale of liquor near the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Four stores in a town of 10 people are responsible for selling an estimated 3.5 million cans of beer a year.
It is a major form of hypocrisy for we, as Indian people, to preach about the Wakanyeja and about how precious they are to us and then turn our backs on the horrible things that meth and alcohol are doing to them.
Although alcohol is illegal on our homeland, laws are minimal and punishment is lackadaisical.
Rain-soaked horseback riders converged on the Oglala Sioux Tribal offices to protest a referendum election to legalize alcohol on the dry reservation.
The election was due to take place on Tuesday but a protest convinced the tribal council to pull the plug.
Maybe Indian nations labor under the delusion that Indians are different from other people—more docile—and so they will accept alcohol prohibition.
In his opinion for a unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas was careful to keep alive a potential challenge to the tribe’s regulatory authority in the portion of the reservation occupied by non-Indians.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson (R) is standing down -- for now -- after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a unanimous victory in a closely-watched reservation diminishment case.
By a unanimous vote, the justices determined that Congress did not intend to change the boundaries of the tribe's reservation in Nebraska.
A mixed group of Native and non-Native residents of Nebraska are again calling for the closure of the town of White Clay.
Four liquor establishments in the small Nebraska village sell nearly 4 million cans of beer a year, primarily to Native Americans.
The case got its start when the tribe — with approval of the federal government — decided to regulate liquor sales on the reservation.
The justices appeared skeptical of the state of Nebraska's attempts to diminish the reservation by excluding the village of Pender from the tribe's land base.
The outcome will determine whether the village of Pender remains a part of the reservation in northeastern Nebraska.
The Supreme Court is now being asked to define what happens to Indian lands after Congress agreed to let settlers occupy lands within an Indian reservation.
Chief Rodger Redman said alcohol was a factor in the murder of a 28-year-old man on the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan.
A story that activist Frank LaMere wrote about liquor problems in Whiteclay, Nebraska, has been set to music,
It's impossible to accurately quantify human suffering with money, but the Whiteclay situation has its own facts and figure.
Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.
The high court's October 2015 term is shaping up to be a busy and potentially dangerous one for Indian Country.