Posts Tagged ‘Bruce BonFleur’

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…)

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…)

A search for solutions at Whiteclay

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Published Sunday January 31, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

Bruce BonFleur sees more than desperation, more than sadness in the eyes of the men and women he meets every day on the dusty streets of Whiteclay.

He sees hope, and he sees a desire to improve their lives.

“The street people of Whiteclay and Pine Ridge matter,” he said. “They are entitled to our help, and they are able to help themselves.” (more…)

Effort afoot to rehab Whiteclay

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Published Sunday January 17, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — With its street drunks, vacant buildings and blowing trash, Whiteclay, Neb., has earned the title of “Skid Row of the Plains.”

But an effort is under way to create more jobs in the border town, creating some opportunity behind the decay and despair.

And another plan focuses on physically cleaning up the unincorporated community and providing more alcoholism treatment, law enforcement and jobs there. (more…)

Hearing speakers demand action on Whiteclay issues

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Published Friday December 18, 2009
BY KERRI REMPP
THE CHADRON RECORD

Frustrations at the lack of progress on the issue of Whiteclay alcohol sales were evident Friday at a legislative hearing telecast in Chadron, but several solutions were also suggested to rein in alcohol sales and help those dependent on the substance.

“Going into Whiteclay, it’s like going into a black hole,” testified Terri White Eyes, who works with a drug and alcohol program on the reservation. (more…)

Help promised for Whiteclay

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Published Saturday December 12, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

A legislative committee says it will address the problems of the border town.

LINCOLN — After hearing an outpouring of frustration, members of a Nebraska legislative committee pledged Friday to take action to address the alcohol-related problems linked to the border town of Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Job program urged to fight woes

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Published Friday December 11, 2009
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Creating jobs in Whiteclay, Neb., would help solve the alcohol-related woes of the “skid row of the prairie,” says a man who runs a thrift store and soup kitchen in the unincorporated border town.

Bruce BonFleur said he plans to open a mini-mall with five or six Lakota-owned businesses next month in Whiteclay. (more…)