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Pine Ridge South Dakota Alcohol Blockage New Year's Eve

Media Advisory for Events Occurring
December 31, 2012                
                Contact: Olowan Martinez 605 899--0044
                                                                  Autumn Two Bulls 605 441--7369
                                                                                                            Jorge Castillo 213 840—3336


Native American Solidarity Action Targets Alcohol Smuggling
from Whiteclay Nebraska

Pine Ridge, SD  (December 31, 2012) – Vowing “We will live up to our obligation once again and be idle no more,” Oglala Lakota Women and allies from the Deep Green Resistance will blockade the border of Pine Ridge and Whiteclay, Nebraska to prevent alcohol from entering the Pine Ridge Reservation where alcohol sales, possession and consumption are illegal, according to Alcohol Justice.

“We do this to save the lives of our relatives who cannot defend themselves against the harms of alcohol due to the inability of the state of Nebraska to properly police illegal retailer alcohol sales and activities in the town of Whiteclay,” stated activist Olowan Martinez. “We do this to prevent abuses of all forms from reaching into our sacred homes and to show our future generations how to protect our homeland by any means necessary!” 

25% of Pine Ridge Reservation youth suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
2/3 of Pine Ridge Reservation adults suffer from alcoholism.

What:              Alcohol Solidarity Blockade
When:             Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 PM
Where:            Border of Pine Ridge South Dakota and Whiteclay Nebraska
Who:           Representatives from:           

o   Oglala Lakota Nation

o   Deep Green Resistance

o   Community Supporters


Why:   To stop the illegal alcohol activity at Whiteclay, Nebraska such as:      

o   Retailer participation in alcohol smuggling into the Pine Ridge Reservation

o   Trade of alcohol for sex

o   Loitering at the premises of alcohol retailers with open containers

o   The inability of Nebraska Liquor Commission to stop illegal retailer activity

o    Recent homicides and physical violence

o   Alcohol sales to minors                                                                  

o   Alcohol sales to intoxicated people

Media Availability:  For more info or to schedule interviews, contact Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director, Alcohol Justice 213 840-3336.