Archive for March, 2011

$14,900 for Whiteclay

Thursday, March 24th, 2011


LINCOLN — A state agency has announced a $14,900 grant to help entrepreneurs and young people in Whiteclay.

The northwest Nebraska border town is notorious for its four liquor stores that annually sell 3.2 million cans of beer, mostly to the residents of the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Indian commission grant to spur business in Whiteclay

Monday, March 21st, 2011


The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs has awarded a $14,900 grant to expand business in Whiteclay.

The money comes from state funds set aside in a legislative bill passed in spring 2010, and the program is meant to address economic development, health care and law enforcement needs in Whiteclay, where four beer stores sell nearly 4 million cans of beer a year. Most of that beer is sold to residents of the nearby dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Native advocate speaks about ‘ongoing Indian wars’

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


Chuck Trimble doesn’t like Indian casinos – not because he opposes them morally, but because he’s not very lucky.

He never witnessed abuse at the Native boarding school he attended.

And he didn’t wear a breast plate and choker to his presentation Tuesday, because he wanted to wear the tie his wife bought him for his birthday.

All of which is to say Native people and their history are complicated and not easily explained, he said.

“What I have to say is not a nice story,” he said. “There is no other way to present it than as what it is.” (more…)