Archive for February, 2010

Beer cans not small change

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Published Saturday February 27, 2010
BY NANCY HICKS and JoANNE YOUNG
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Sen. Arnie Stuthman of Platte Center started the conversation during a committee discussion.

What could you make from recycling all those beer cans sold in Whiteclay?

A lot of money, he concluded. (more…)

LaMere will discuss ‘Whiteclay’ film at conference

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Published Thursday February 25, 2010
SIOUX CITY JOURNAL

Native American activist Frank LaMere and filmmaker Mark Vasina will discuss the 2008 documentary, “The Battle for Whiteclay,” at the 8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference, Feb. 26-27 in New York City. (more…)

Mount Sinai to Host 8th Annual Global Health Conference

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Published February 22, 2010
Contact: Mount Sinai Newsroom, 212-241-9200, NewsMedia@mssm.edu

(New York – February 22, 2010) Leading global health experts will gather at the 8th Annual Global Health Conference on February 26th and 27th to tackle a critical yet neglected topic in healthcare – the unique concerns of indigenous populations. The symposium, hosted by The Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Global Health Center, will provide a forum for physicians, students, academics, activists, and community members to discuss health issues facing this underserved population both in the United States and across the globe. (more…)

White offers help on Whiteclay issue

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Published Friday February 19, 2010
BY NANCY HICKS and JoANNE YOUNG
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Omaha Sen. Tom White has offered his solution to the Whiteclay alcohol problem: Sue the beer distributors. (more…)

Whiteclay bill likely to get debate

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Published Wednesday  February 17, 2010
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Senators are likely to debate legislation that would provide money to help with alcohol problems of people who buy their booze at Whiteclay.

The Legislature’s Revenue Committee moved one bill (LB1002) out of committee Wednesday, and its sponsor, Sen. LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth, said he likely will make it his priority bill — assuring discussion on the floor. (more…)

Deeper solution needed

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Published Sunday February 7, 2010
BY JOHN KREJCI
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

I was encouraged to read that “State leaders, others focus on Whiteclay” (Jan. 31). The problems of alcoholism and Nebraska’s shame of profiting from beer sales to Natives need to be addressed. When Nebraskans for Peace raised the issue in 1999, few even knew the Nebraska beer sales were contributing to Native alcoholism.

Although it is encouraging that Nebraska’s governor and state legislators have begun to address the problem, their initial solutions – a town cleanup, a recycling center and a mini-mall – do little to address the tragedy of Nebraska’s skid row of the Plains. (more…)

Appreciate care for Pine Ridge

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Published Sunday February 7, 2010
BY RICK R. GALUSHA
THE PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

I want to thank Gov. Dave Heineman for leading a group of elected officials to meet with Lakota Sioux tribal members in regard to the problems on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as well as problems related to the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb.

State Sens. Brad Ashford, Russ Karpisek, Colby Coash and LeRoy Louden have taken a step forward with the introduction of legislation that may provide, in part, much-needed alcohol treatment. (more…)

Don’t give up Whiteclay battle

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Published Saturday February 6, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

In a year in which spending measures are squashed in the Legislature almost before the ink dries, it’s encouraging that a few bills have been introduced to do something about the festering problem in Whiteclay.

As many Nebraskans know after a decade of media attention — including a film, “The Battle for Whiteclay,” directed and produced by Mark Vasina of Lincoln — four stores in the tiny village sell about 4 million cans of beer a year. (more…)

Focus on Whiteclay is beginning

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Published Saturday February 6, 2010
BY KERRY L. BELDIN
THE PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

I’d like to express my appreciation for The World-Herald’s focus on the problematic issue of alcohol sales at Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Alcohol lobbyists oppose bill

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Published Thursday February 4, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Even lobbyists for the liquor industry agreed Wednesday that it was a good idea for the state to help establish an alcohol detoxification center near Whiteclay, Neb.

The lobbyists, though, said there were better ways to do that than earmark a portion of sales tax revenue generated by the 3.4 million cans of beer sold in the notorious, unincorporated town known as the “skid row of the Plains.” (more…)