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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Black days at Whiteclay

Drunk in Whiteclay

Pine Ridge is much in the news today.  Madville Times recaps the blockade of trucks trying to drive through the reservation with tar sands and pipeline supplies. 

The New York Times has a front page story on the Oglala Sioux Tribe's lawsuit against Whiteclay, NE, beer store owners and Anheuser-Busch in its attempt to get some kind of control over the rampant alcoholism that is a determining feature of reservation life.  

I ask that you bless our elders and children and families and friends,
And the brothers and sisters in prison.
I pray for the ones who are sick on drugs and alcohol
And for those homeless and forlorn.
[An earth healing prayer.]

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