Posts Tagged ‘Dave Heineman’

Sioux president walks out of meeting with Nebraska governor

Monday, July 8th, 2013


Less than three minutes into a meeting Monday about alcohol sales in Whiteclay, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe walked out on Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer said he left because he felt the governor has no intention of trying to address alcohol-related problems that stem from the Nebraska town that sells millions of cans of beer and borders South Dakota’s officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He also accused Heineman of greeting him with a hostile tone, an allegation the governor denied. (more…)

Governor, tribal president talk for just 2 minutes

Monday, July 8th, 2013


Not many problems can be solved in two minutes.

And that includes the situation in Whiteclay.

Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer of South Dakota and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman had planned for weeks to get together Monday morning to try to address alcohol sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

But the meeting ended after fewer than three minutes, and the governor’s office and Brewer later traded barbs over whose fault that was. (more…)

Meeting on Whiteclay alcohol sales ends quickly with no progress

Monday, July 8th, 2013


LINCOLN — The first meeting between the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Nebraska’s governor may prove to be the last.

The two leaders met Monday morning at the State Capitol to discuss the flash point issue of alcohol sales in the northwest Nebraska border town of Whiteclay. According to accounts from both sides, the meeting, scheduled for one hour, lasted just a few minutes. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer to meet with Nebraska Governor Heineman to find solutions to end illegal alcohol sales on the border at Whiteclay

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

By ALCOHOL JUSTICE / July 7, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb., July 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Alcohol Justice is reporting that Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer will hold a press conference in front of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013, to hopefully discuss new developments in stopping the illegal alcohol activity taking place in the town of Whiteclay, which borders the Pine Ridge, South Dakota Native American Reservation. Earlier that day President Brewer will be meeting with theNebraska Governor, Liquor Control Commission, and key state legislators to discuss possible solutions. (more…)

Concert aims to pressure state to take responsibility, change ugly story

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Published Thursday September 16, 2010
THE READER (Omaha, Neb.)

Synopsis: The Whiteclay Advisory Committee, a local group of activists, hopes to bring the message about Whiteclay home with Sunday’s Concert for Whiteclay Awareness in Omaha. The concert (Sep. 19) features music from Michael Murphy, Cherokee singer-songwriter Michael Bucher and Oglala Lakota singer Duane Martin, Sr. (more…)

How To Make 4.6 Million Cans of Beer Disappear

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Published Saturday August 28, 2010

Whiteclay, Nebraska—We’d barely gotten to the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge reservation before we were told we should probably leave. The main road through was under construction, and we stopped to ask a woman holding a stop sign how to get to Wounded Knee. She set us straight, but then, as we were ready to go, offered some helpful advice: “Don’t get out of the car.”

Excuse me?

“Don’t stop anywhere. Don’t get out of the car.”

Of course, I don’t think she meant we should stop in Whiteclay either. For the uninitiated, Whiteclay is the very first outpost you hit driving south out of the reservation, folded just under the Nebraska state line. On this trip, I’ve seen cities that have died and cities that have been left for dead, but I’ve never passed through a place quite like Whiteclay, so one-dimensional in its horror it feels undead. Maybe the best way to fully understand the town’s purpose in life is to just run the numbers, Harpers Index-style: (more…)

Nebraska governor’s office on Whiteclay: No easy solution

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Published Tuesday Aug 17, 2010 / Updated Thursday Aug 19, 2010

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a clarification of the position of the governor’s office on the matter of jurisdiction over the town of Whiteclay. The governor’s office does not respond to nor speak on behalf of political parties. (more…)

Nebraska governor’s office on Whiteclay: It’s not our problem

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Published Tuesday Aug 17, 2010

LINCOLN, Neb. – Crime in the town of Whiteclay, Neb., which sells some four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually, almost entirely to Oglala Sioux Tribe members from the dry Pine Ridge Reservation, is not Nebraska’s responsibility, said Ashley Cradduck, spokeswoman for the state’s governor, Dave Heineman, a Republican. “The Indians are coming from Pine Ridge, and that’s in South Dakota.” (more…)

Still looking forward: Bellevue University hosts Whiteclay forum

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Published Wednesday April 14, 2010
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

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…)