Archive for April, 2010

‘Little ray of hope’ for Whiteclay

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Published Tuesday April 27, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Officials hope a weekend cleanup in the notorious border town of Whiteclay, Neb., will lead to more cleanups and a renewed effort to increase law enforcement. (more…)

Unearthing hope from beneath Whiteclay trash

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Published Sunday April 25, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

WHITECLAY – Jack Andersen pulled beer cans and plastic bottles from a flooded ditch Saturday, trying to make a dent in the pile of garbage that had collected for untold months and years in a neglected corner of this village near Pine Ridge, S.D. (more…)

Thoughts from White Clay … by Lance Morgan

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Published Thursday April 15, 2010
BY LANCE MORGAN
WINNEBAGO INDIAN NEWS

I recently sat on a panel discussing White Clay, Nebraska, which is tiny town just a mile from the Pine Ridge Reservation. The town of White Clay only has four full time residents, but it’s claim to fame is that it sells over 4 million cans of beer a year. Obviously, the beer is sold to members of the local tribe, which is technically a dry reservation. (more…)

Still looking forward: Bellevue University hosts Whiteclay forum

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Published Wednesday April 14, 2010
BT RYAN R. DUDZINSKI
THE READER (Omaha, Neb.)

BELLEVUE, NEB. — On a cold, rainy April 7 morning, Native American flute music drifted through the Humanities auditorium at Bellevue University. People have gathered for a panel discussion about Whiteclay, Neb., the tiny, unincorporated group of buildings on the border of South Dakota from which members of the neighboring Pine Ridge Indian Reservation purchase staggering amounts of alcoholic beverages annually. Typically, high unemployment — near 80% on the reservation itself — mixed with plentiful alcohol is a recipe for disaster, and Whiteclay is no exception. Rampant crime, vagrancy, gang activity, prostitution, and vandalism plague the Reservation and its surrounding areas. It has gained national recognition as a chronic tragedy, dating to at least the 1960s, which nobody seems willing to resolve. (more…)

A pittance or a start for beer-soaked Whiteclay?

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Published Monday April 12, 2010
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Some Nebraska lawmakers call it a measly sum that won’t do much. Others call it a start in trying to ease problems in and near Whiteclay.

On Monday, they gave final approval to a bill (LB1002) that, if approved by Gov. Dave Heineman, would set aside $25,000 and allow the state to hire a grant writer at a cost of about $31,000. (more…)

Winnebago business leader: Poverty at heart of Whiteclay debacle

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Published Wednesday April 7, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOUNAL STAR

BELLEVUE — A Winnebago business leader and attorney called massive beer sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation symptoms of greater economic problems on the reservation. (more…)