Native American activist Frank LaMere and filmmaker Mark Vasina will discuss the 2008 documentary, "The Battle for Whiteclay," at the 8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference, Feb. 26-27 in New York City.
The film -- awarded Best Political Documentary at the 2009 New York International Independent Film Festival -- will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Stern Auditorium. LaMere and Vasina will answer questions about the film from audience members after the screening.
The movie was the culmination of a five-year effort by producer/director Vasina. The documentary follows LaMere, Duane Martin Sr. and Russell Means through the streets of Whiteclay to the halls of Nebraska's State Capitol in their campaign to end alcohol sales in Whiteclay, a border town that sells 11,000 cans of beer a day to people who walk or drive from the South Dakota Pine Ridge reservation. Since the reservation lands were established in 1868, the Oglalas have banned the sale and possession of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.