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Lexie LaMere Social Justice Scholarship

 
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Lexie Wakan LaMere
May 16, 1992 — January 3, 2014

Lexie Wakan LaMere served as a voice for those without a voice at an early age. At age 14, Lexie led the Memorial March to Honor Lost Children, an annual event in Sioux City, Iowa, that memorializes Native children who have been lost in the foster care system.

At age 19, she helped lead efforts at Creighton University to urge the Jesuit-university to divest from its Budweiser’s sponsorships in protest to Whiteclay’s beer sales.

At age 20, she sponsored a resolution (called the “LaMere Resolution”) at the Nebraska Democratic Party Convention calling for the reinstitution of the Whiteclay Buffer, a fifty (50) mile zone in Northwest Nebraska where alcohol sales were once unlawful.

The daughter of Frank and Cynthia LaMere, Lexie died on January 3, 2014, after a short but valiant battle against leukemia. The documentary, Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian, is dedicated to Lexie and her work to serve as a voice to the voiceless at such a young age.

A scholarship in Lexie’s honor has been established at the University of Central Oklahoma, where Lexie’s older sister, Jennifer, graduated in 2000. The Lexie LaMere Scholarship for Social Justice is intended to support a recipient who is committed to promoting equality and social justice issues and is intended to strengthen Native American social, cultural, and/or historical awareness.