Archive for December, 2009

Hearing speakers demand action on Whiteclay issues

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Published Friday December 18, 2009
BY KERRI REMPP
THE CHADRON RECORD

Frustrations at the lack of progress on the issue of Whiteclay alcohol sales were evident Friday at a legislative hearing telecast in Chadron, but several solutions were also suggested to rein in alcohol sales and help those dependent on the substance.

“Going into Whiteclay, it’s like going into a black hole,” testified Terri White Eyes, who works with a drug and alcohol program on the reservation. (more…)

White town’s burden: Legislature continues investigation into the prairie’s skid row

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Published Wednesday December 16, 2009
BY ROB McLEAN
THE READER (Omaha, Neb.)

Lydia Bear Killer believes Nebraska is committing genocide in Whiteclay.

She told the Legislature’s General Affairs and Judiciary Committees so Dec. 11 at a public hearing centering on the small panhandle town’s alcohol sales and its effect on the bordering Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. (more…)

‘New bunch’ faces old problems

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Published Tuesday December 15, 2009
By the Journal Editorial Board
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

A “whole new bunch” of Nebraska lawmakers are ready to go where lawmakers before them have gone, attempted and failed to solve the alcohol issues arising from the location between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Whiteclay, Nebr. (more…)

For Whiteclay, Nebraska problems, some push for detox

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Published Sunday December 13, 2009
BY NATE JENKINS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation fed up with alcoholism and what they say is Nebraska’s contribution to the woes are pleading for a detox center in or near the beer-drenched town of Whiteclay.

The idea, agreed to by leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is being floated to Nebraska lawmakers who are studying ways to the address problems. The four stores that mainly comprise Whiteclay, population 14, sell about 4 million cans of beer annually — most to residents of the Pine Ridge reservation. (more…)

Gang violence grows on an Indian reservation

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Published Sunday December 13, 2009
BY ERIK ECKHOLM
THE NEW YORK TIMES

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Richard Wilson has been a pallbearer for at least five of his “homeboys” in the North Side Tre Tre Gangster Crips, a Sioux imitation of a notorious Denver gang.

One 15-year-old member was mauled by rivals. A 17-year-old shot himself; another, on a cocaine binge and firing wildly, was shot by the police. One died in a drunken car wreck, and another, a founder of the gang named Gaylord, was stabbed to death at 27.  (more…)

Legislative committee hears recommendations on problems near Whiteclay

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Published Saturday December 12, 2009
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

It’s time for Nebraska state government to stop talking and do something to help curb the alcohol-related problems stemming from Whiteclay, state senators were told Friday. (more…)

Whiteclay: What can Nebraska do?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Published Saturday, December 12, 2009
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

What can Nebraska do?

Some suggestions from Friday’s hearing:

* Create buffer zone where liquor cannot be sold, thus closing all the beer outlets in Whiteclay. (more…)

Help promised for Whiteclay

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Published Saturday December 12, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

A legislative committee says it will address the problems of the border town.

LINCOLN — After hearing an outpouring of frustration, members of a Nebraska legislative committee pledged Friday to take action to address the alcohol-related problems linked to the border town of Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Searching for solutions in Whiteclay

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Published Friday December 11, 2009
BY FRED KNAPP
NET Radio <LISTEN>

LINCOLN, NE – Causes and possible solutions to problems related to beer sales in Whiteclay were the subject of a legislative hearing today. From the Capitol, Fred Knapp reports.

Job program urged to fight woes

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Published Friday December 11, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Creating jobs in Whiteclay, Neb., would help solve the alcohol-related woes of the “skid row of the prairie,” says a man who runs a thrift store and soup kitchen in the unincorporated border town.

Bruce BonFleur said he plans to open a mini-mall with five or six Lakota-owned businesses next month in Whiteclay. (more…)