College sets times for Whiteclay film screenings

Published Wednesday April 08, 2009

A western Nebraska college on Wednesday set dates and times for free screenings of a film about alcohol sales in Whiteclay.

Mark Vasina, director and producer of “The Battle for Whiteclay,” said earlier this week he was told Western Nebraska Community College had canceled three screenings planned for next week.

But college officials said screenings at the college’s three campuses in Alliance, Scottsbluff and Sydney were never canceled, and that the college welcomed the chance to host discussions on issues of public interest.

Whiteclay is a small Nebraska town near South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned. Four stores in the town sell about 4 million cans of beer a year, mostly to the reservation.

“After viewing the documentary, ‘Battle for Whiteclay,’ WNCC administration has agreed this film is educational of nature and of great public interest,” Mindy Burbach, the college’s marketing and public relations director, said Wednesday.

“The Battle for Whiteclay” will be shown from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Alliance Learning Center, 1750 Sweetwater Ave. in Alliance; noon-3 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theatre, 1601 E. 27th St. in Scottsbluff; and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 115 and 116 of the Sydney WNCC campus, 371 College Drive.

Question-and-answer sessions with Vasina and Winnebago activist Frank LaMere will follow all three screenings, which are free and open to the public.

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