Archive for June, 2001

Johanns, Oglala Sioux Meet, Talk

Tuesday, June 12th, 2001

Published Tuesday June 12, 2001

Lincoln, Neb. — Two topics—allegations of overzealous law enforcement and the prospect of building a tribal nursing home near Whiteclay, Neb.—dominated a meeting about solving problems associated with massive beer sales at the border village.

In response to the problems, the Nebraska State Patrol has stepped up traffic stops and roadblocks near Whiteclay, where four beer-only liquor stores sell 4 million cans a year to residents of the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just across the South Dakota border. (more…)

Walk to Whiteclay: 300 people gather for memorial march

Sunday, June 10th, 2001

Published June 10, 2001

Whiteclay, Neb. – A red bandanna held Roy Johnson Helper’s long, straight, black hair in place Saturday as he walked with hundreds of Native marchers along a 2-mile stretch between the villages of Whiteclay and Pine Ridge, S.D.

This wasn’t the dark, weathered-faced man’s first trip to Whiteclay, but it was one that evoked hurt, pain and troubled emotions. It had been a week, he said, since he had had a drink, and on this day he was marching for a friend, one whose life ended near Whiteclay two years ago. (more…)

Gov. Johanns to discuss Whiteclay alcohol issues with tribal officials

Tuesday, June 5th, 2001

Published Tuesday June 5, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Mike Johanns will meet June 11 with Oglala Sioux tribal leaders in an effort to solve alcohol-related problems at Whiteclay.

The purpose of the meeting will be to address concerns over annual sales of nearly 4 million cans of beer from four stores in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village just over the Nebraska border from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Tribal leaders claim nearly all the beer is sold to residents of the reservation, where alcohol possession is banned. (more…)