Archive for January, 2010

A search for solutions at Whiteclay

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Published Sunday January 31, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Bruce BonFleur sees more than desperation, more than sadness in the eyes of the men and women he meets every day on the dusty streets of Whiteclay.

He sees hope, and he sees a desire to improve their lives.

“The street people of Whiteclay and Pine Ridge matter,” he said. “They are entitled to our help, and they are able to help themselves.” (more…)

Governor goes west to discuss Whiteclay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Published Friday January 29, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman and a contingent of other state officials flew Friday to Gordon, Neb., to meet with Lakota Sioux tribal officials about a legislative proposal concerning Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

State, tribal leaders meet to talk about Whiteclay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Published Friday January 29, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

A host of state officials flew to western Nebraska on Friday to meet with Oglala Sioux tribal leaders to explore solutions to massive alcohol sales at Whiteclay. (more…)

A good start on Whiteclay

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Published Monday January 25, 2010
BY JOHN KREJCI
PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD HERALD

I was gratified to read a Jan. 15 editorial, “A sensible path forward,” and a Jan. 17 news story, “Effort afoot to rehab Whiteclay.” (more…)

Two bills take aim at problems in Whiteclay

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Published Wednesday January 20, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Weary of massive alcohol sales in the small border town of Whiteclay, two state senators introduced bills Wednesday aimed at alleviating social and health ills.

State senators Russ Karpisek of Wilber and LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth introduced bills that would fund substance abuse treatment, economic development, health care and law enforcement for Native people. (more…)

Effort afoot to rehab Whiteclay

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Published Sunday January 17, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — With its street drunks, vacant buildings and blowing trash, Whiteclay, Neb., has earned the title of “Skid Row of the Plains.”

But an effort is under way to create more jobs in the border town, creating some opportunity behind the decay and despair.

And another plan focuses on physically cleaning up the unincorporated community and providing more alcoholism treatment, law enforcement and jobs there. (more…)

Native activists protesting “bad man” clause violation Friday in Whiteclay

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Published Thursday January 14, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

A small group of Native American activists will march into Whiteclay, Neb., at 1 p.m. today to present a lawsuit they plan to file accusing four Whiteclay beer sellers and a Christian ministry of violating the “bad man” clause of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. (more…)

A sensible path forward

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Published Thursday January 14, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Proposals for Pine Ridge/Whiteclay

Two committees of the Nebraska Legislature are putting forward worthwhile ideas that have the potential to relieve some of the misery that has long held the Pine Ridge Reservation in its grasp. (more…)

Crime in Indian country targeted

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Published Tuesday January 12, 2010
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday ordered prosecutors in 33 states — including Nebraska and Iowa — to step up their efforts to combat violent crime on Indian reservations, particularly offenses against women and children. (more…)

$650,000 settlement in lawsuit based on 1868 treaty

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Published Monday January 11, 2010
BY CHET BROKAW
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A settlement in a lawsuit will require the federal government to pay $650,000 in damages to an Oglala Sioux woman who was sexually assaulted by a U.S. Army recruiter, the woman’s lawyer said Thursday.

The settlement leaves intact a federal judge’s ruling that an 1868 treaty with the Sioux required the government to pay damages for pain and suffering to Lavetta Elk, said attorney Adam Horowitz of Miami. (more…)