OMAHA, Neb. — Frank LaMere, a Native American activist who fought for a variety of causes and crusaded to close beer stores near a dry South Dakota Indian reservation, has died.
He was 69.
LaMere’s daughter, Jennifer LaMere, said her father died Sunday at an Omaha hospital.
LaMere, who was a Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska member, worked for decades to shutter the four stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, that sold millions of cans of beer near the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Regulators closed the stores in 2017.
LaMere also spoke out against the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
Winnebago Tribal Chairman Frank White said LaMere’s death is a “great loss for the tribe.”