Archive for March, 2010

Tribal support could improve lives on the reservation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Published Tuesday March 30, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
SCOTTSBLUFF STAR HERALD

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB. — Over the years we’ve grown skeptical of efforts to “solve” the problem of beer sales in Whiteclay.

Much of the noise seems calculated to promote the careers of celebrity “activists” rather than address the real problem, which is rampant alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. Critics of the beer merchants have always found it convenient to overlook that those buying the beer are willing customers who would simply look elsewhere if the Whiteclay stores were shut down. (more…)

Lawmakers trim back Whiteclay plan

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Published Tuesday March 30, 2010
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN (AP) Early momentum toward using a substantial chunk of Nebraska tax money to try to ease alcohol-related problems in and near Whiteclay, Neb., mostly fizzled out Monday.

Citing a lack of clear strategy and participation from other government entities, including the State of South Dakota, Nebraska lawmakers backed off plans to put $100,000 in a fund to help address problems in and near the village of 14. The Legislature instead gave second-round approval to allocating $25,000 and hiring a grant writer, which would cost roughly $40,000 more. (more…)

Whiteclay bill advances

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Published Monday March 29, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — State lawmakers advanced a trimmed-down spending package to help address the alcohol-related woes associated with Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Bill would provide $25,000 in grants money for Whiteclay

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Published Monday March 29, 2010
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Sen. LeRoy Louden wanted to earmark $250,000 — about what the state earns in sales tax on beer sold at Whiteclay — for economic development, law enforcement or health-related programs in that region.

But he ended up with $25,000 as seed money for a grant program he hopes will grow in future years. (more…)

Three rays of hope brighten outlook for Whiteclay

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Published Monday March 29, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — After years of effort and scores of meetings, there is good news about Whiteclay, the Nebraska border town known as the “skid row of the Plains”:

– The Oglala Sioux Tribe, along with a group of Nebraskans, announced success in a complicated six-year effort to locate a 70-bed nursing home near Whiteclay.

– A faith-based nonprofit is getting a $30,000 federal stimulus grant to create jobs by starting a recycling business, greenhouse and possibly a day-labor endeavor.

– A religious-based group that runs a soup kitchen and craft mall in Whiteclay is holding a communitywide cleanup April 22 through 25. It will be funded by a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. (more…)

Tribe plans nursing home near Whiteclay

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Published Sunday March 28, 2010
BY NANCY HICKS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

The Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Tribe will build a 60-bed nursing home in Nebraska about a half mile from Whiteclay, the village infamous for the large amount of beer sold there. (more…)

World-Herald editorial: Kudos to State Sens. LeRoy Louden and Russ Karpisek

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Published Saturday March 27, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Kudos to State Sens. LeRoy Louden and Russ Karpisek for their success in gaining support for funding, through two rounds of debate, to help address alcohol-related problems associated with Whiteclay, Neb. Several lawmakers, plus the General Affairs and Judiciary Committees, have shown commendable dedication to tackling this issue. (more…)

Lawmakers move to create funds for Whiteclay

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Published Wednesday March 24, 2010
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska lawmakers have decided to fill what was an empty fund meant to help ease alcohol-related problems in and near Whiteclay.

On Wednesday, they gave second-round approval to an amendment and bill (LB1002) that would pump $100,000 into the fund. (more…)

$100,000 for Whiteclay advances

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Published Wednesday March 24, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — State lawmakers, by a 25-15 margin,gave second-round approval Wednesday to devoting $100,000 to address the alcohol-related problems associated with Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Panel hosted on Whiteclay issues

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Published Wednesday March 17, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Bellevue University has scheduled a panel discussion April 7 concerning the alcohol-related problems linked to Whiteclay, Neb.

“Whiteclay: The Next Generation” will be held at 11 a.m. at the Hitchcock Humanities Center, 1000 Galvin Road South in Bellevue. (more…)