Documentary and panel: "The Battle for Whiteclay"

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 at 7:00 pm
Location:Cardinal Room, Memorial Union
Channel:Lecture Series
Categories:Diversity Lectures
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This documentary is an inside look at an important contemporary conflict pitting American Indian rights against state and local governments in the United States. A panel discussion will follow the showing of this documentary with the director-producer Mark Vasina and Frank LaMere, one of the orchestrators of the movement and a member of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska.

The State of Nebraska's refusal to halt alcohol sales to the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from its border town of Whiteclay gets an in-depth look in this new documentary. Four off-sale beer stores in this 14-person hamlet sell over 11,000 cans of beer a day to an Indian clientele with virtually no legal place to drink it. Struggling with crippling poverty and epidemic alcohol abuse that afflicts four out of five families, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has for decades banned the sale and possession of alcohol on their reservation. The Battle for Whiteclay follows Indian activists Frank LaMere, Duane Martin Sr. and Russell Means through the streets of Whiteclay to the halls of Nebraska's State Capitol in their efforts to end alcohol sales in the place many have dubbed "skid row on the prairie."

The Battle for Whiteclay, a Glass Onion Film, was directed and produced by Mark Vasina and includes original music by Canupa Gluha Mani and Michael Murphy.