Archive for July, 2005

The Whiteclay dilemma

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Published Thursday July 7, 2005
BY FROMA HARROP
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST/PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

WHITECLAY, Neb. — It’s only 9 a.m. and a Monday, and inebriated Indians are already lying on the dusty curb here in Whiteclay. This speck of a town has 16 people and three beer stores. Its main business is selling alcohol to the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, just over the state line in South Dakota.

The situation in Whiteclay has become an obsession for both Nebraskans and the Oglala Sioux. Alcohol is a curse for many Native Americans, and the reservation bans its sale or possession. Good people see the Whiteclay business as despicable exploitation. (more…)