Archive for February, 2009

Whiteclay is wrong target; aim at alcoholism problem

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Published February 12, 2009
BY HAROLD ANDERSEN
www.haroldandersen.com

Critics continue to shoot at the wrong target in their indignation about the fact that four beer-only liquor stores in tiny Whiteclay, Nebraska sell more than four million cans of beer a year, mostly to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Emotional, irrational indignation, waxing and waning for years, has flared high again, fueled by a documentary film entitled “The Battle for Whiteclay.” (more…)

Nebraska must fight alcoholism on Pine Ridge Reservation

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Published Wednesday February 4, 2009
BY SARAH MELECKI
DAILY NEBRASKAN

Whiteclay, Neb., a northern border town with a population of only 14, has been making headlines for more than 10 years. Newspapers from as far away as Washington, D.C. have run stories on the town.

Reporters come to Whiteclay not to report on the good deeds of the community but to spread the story of the four businesses with liquor licenses and the thousands of customers who come to buy beer.  (more…)

Come see beautiful ‘skid row of Plains’

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Published Wednesday February 4, 2009
BY ROBERT NELSON
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Whiteclay, Nebraska.

Plan your summer vacation now. Come see the Good Life in action.

Beautiful Whiteclay.

Come for the high-gravity malt liquor. Stay because you’re too drunk to move. (more…)

Filmmaker puts focus on Whiteclay

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Published Monday February 2, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN – Mark Vasina quit a management job on Wall Street a decade ago to launch a new career as a documentary filmmaker in his home state of Nebraska.

The 55-year-old native of Colon, Neb., chose as his first subject Schuyler, Neb., and the impact an influx of Hispanics has had on a typical farm town.

Then, at the urging of a friend, six years ago he visited Whiteclay, Neb., the notorious border town where more than four million cans of beer are sold each year, mostly to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Alcoholism is rampant there, and it is illegal to possess liquor on the reservation. (more…)

A Different Perspective on Whiteclay

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Nebraska’s skid-row on the prairie

Published February 01, 2009
BY ED HOWARD
NEBRASKA STATEPAPER.COM

There is a scene in Mark Vasina’s film The Battle for Whiteclay that provides what is likely the single best civics lesson to be found on film.

Any film. (more…)