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American Indian Movement of Colorado: October 2004
Frank LaMere, a Winnebago from South Sioux City, Neb., and a longtime member of the Nebraska Democratic Party, joined the executive board two years ago - after eight years on the national committee full article
Someday, Frank LaMere said ...
Someday, Frank LaMere said while in tears, Nebraskans may be able to talk in the past tense about the problems in beer-drenched Whiteclay.
For now, the tiny town in the northwest part of the state that largely serves as a walk-to liquor stop for residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a "cancer," he said.
And current lawmakers, including Gov.
Dave Heineman, aren't doing enough about it, LaMere, chairman of the Native American Advisory Council for the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday during a press conference organized by the Nebraska Democratic Party.
"Those feelings we had about change are lost," because of inaction from lawmakers including Heineman, LaMere
Someday, Frank LaMere said ...
Someday, Frank LaMere said through his tears, Nebraskans might be able to talk in past tense about problems in beer-drenched Whiteclay.
But for now, the tiny town that serves as a liquor stop for residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a "cancer," he said.
And lawmakers, including Gov.
Dave Heineman, aren't doing enough about it, said LaMere, chairman of the Native American Advisory Council for the Democratic National Committee.
and Achelpohl commended U.S. Rep.
Past governors have formed task forces, but LaMere said a comprehensive effort hasn't been undertaken since the days of former governor and now U.S. Sen.
"Nebraskans tend to ignore that little piece of ground," LaMere
and others will try to draw attention to it June 11, the scheduled date of a march to Whiteclay that will start about two miles south of the town.
A march starting in Whiteclay to ...
A march starting in Whiteclay to highlight the concerns there is set for June 11, said Frank LaMere, a Winnebago tribal member from South Sioux City.
He is also a longtime member of the Nebraska Democratic Party and serves on the party's national committee.
A 1999 march on Whiteclay resulted in the arrests of nine American Indians
, including LaMere
, as hundreds of Oglala Sioux gathered to protest the beer sales and the unsolved murders of two American Indians
in the area.
said when Heineman
first came to office, LaMere
asked him during a visit to South Sioux City to address problems in Whiteclay, but he
has not gotten a response.
Now is the time to act, LaMere
"We can always find a reason to put Whiteclay on the back burner," he
Repeated attempts have failed in the past four years to pass bills in the Nebraska Legislature that would either shut down alcohol sales or make it easier for the state to regulate alcohol sales in Whiteclay.
Activists including Nebraskans for Peace, LaMere
and others for years have called for more police presence in the town to crack down on what they say are numerous law violations, including public intoxication and open container offenses.
To help with Whiteclay law enforcement, Nebraska is receiving $100,000 from the federal government, which authorities have said will be used to help fund a cross-deputization effort of police on the reservation, allowing them to patrol in Nebraska.
Achelpohl and LaMere
commended U.S. Rep.
DENVER, Colo., Aug. 25 -- Frank ...
DENVER, Colo., Aug. 25 -- Frank LaMere (Winnebago), Nebraska superdelegate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee's Native American Caucus, said that the 2008 presidential election could turn on the Native vote.LaMere
told NewsWatch, "Native people will make the difference in this election.
pointed out that "many more Native people are engaging today in national politics than in 2004."In fact, 140 Native American delegates are in Denver, 40 percent more than were in Boston for the 2004 convention.
"Look at the attendance and see who is represented," he
was emphatic about the importance of empowering young people, not only to vote or to work for political candidates, but to be the candidates themselves."All politics is local," he
said, urging young people to run for elected offices in their towns, counties, and states.Native American children will fare better in public schools if there is someone on the school board to represent their interests, he
said.Local governments will respond better to Native American concerns if there is a Native American on the city council or in the state legislature to speak for them. LaMere
urged the delegates and the communities from which they come to acknowledge the importance of their work.
"The delegates came here at great expense and they are taking time apart from their families because they know how things could be, how things should be.They carry a great burden for the people back home and their communities should not be asking why they went to Denver to participate in the white man's political process, but should be thanking them for the burden they carry.
Delegates have a sacred right and responsibility to Native American communities, LaMere