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  • Unsolved Murder on the Pine Ridge Reservation is more common than one would think. It was over a decade ago when Wilson "Wally" Black Elk and Ron Hard Heart were found yards away from the last place they were last seen. They were beaten to death and dropped across the Nebraska and Pine Ridge Reservation line. Many stories came out of the story but it would appear they were last seen alive in White Clay. No one was ever convicted of this brutal crime. It is really shocking because you have to realize there is a murderer on the loose and lives around other people. Some people have died and or moved away and we may never know what happen to these Lakota Men. They were human beings and the person or persons who did this will be judged. I was walking back from White Clay to my home and I saw this picture and realized I needed to take it because it is important in relationship to the Unicorporated town of White Clay and the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is a lawless place with people drinking out on the streets and people are breaking the law every day. There is an ordinance in Sheridan County, NE and you can see many signs, No Open Containers. It is such a difficult task to police and nothing has worked yet but I assure you if there were more families and people around the State of Nebraska would most likely do something about this problem.
    I see there are problems because of the way people view private property and the right to have busineses. Many people have come to White Clay for different reasons and it is a hard because no one has the answers. The only way we as a Soverign Nation or Tribe is to open alcohol sales and be able to control the sales through tribal government. This would destroy White Clay and we could actually start buying back land that was originally stolen in the last One Hundred and fifty years. Our people have been destroyed by the policies of the United States and the State of Nebraska because whiskey merchants were brought right to the borders to make the the Indians drunk and this would continue the cycle of genocide. Non Indian people in this region do not want to talk about racism because they do not want to be found guilty. I read a story about the Rapid City newspaper choosing not to run a story about Boarding Schools and this is sad because they say it was in the past. But many of the people walking around the area have bad experiences from the boarding school and it will take time for people to heal. It just goes to show you people want their heads in the sand and they choose to not deal with the real issues facing a great portion of the readers.
    Two men were beaten to death and this is very sad but I seriously do not know if there was enough being done for the solving of these crimes because it did not happen to "White" people. If you want to know about what it means to be Indian in the 21st Century you should realize an Indian LIfe is not worth a White Life. Things need to change!
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