Posts Tagged ‘Dave Heineman’
Published Sunday February 7, 2010
BY RICK R. GALUSHA
THE PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
I want to thank Gov. Dave Heineman for leading a group of elected officials to meet with Lakota Sioux tribal members in regard to the problems on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as well as problems related to the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb.
State Sens. Brad Ashford, Russ Karpisek, Colby Coash and LeRoy Louden have taken a step forward with the introduction of legislation that may provide, in part, much-needed alcohol treatment. (more…)
Published Saturday February 6, 2010
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR
In a year in which spending measures are squashed in the Legislature almost before the ink dries, it’s encouraging that a few bills have been introduced to do something about the festering problem in Whiteclay.
As many Nebraskans know after a decade of media attention — including a film, “The Battle for Whiteclay,” directed and produced by Mark Vasina of Lincoln — four stores in the tiny village sell about 4 million cans of beer a year. (more…)
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…)
Tribal leaders should follow up on cooperative policing effort for Whiteclay.
The time as come to stop this charade.
Either the Oglala Sioux Tribe wants to make a positive difference in the alleged illegal sales of alcohol in Whiteclay, Neb., or it does not. Nearly two years have passed since a deal was brokered between Attorney General Jon Burning and the then-president of the Oglala Sioux, who hailed the cross-deputization agreement as an “important step forward” for law enforcement in Whiteclay. (more…)
By Nate Jenkings / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WHITECLAY — Once hailed as a historic step toward mopping up this alcohol-drenched village, a deal to allow tribal police to patrol it has instead gone the way of empty beer cans so visible in the area — ditched.
The agreement, signed nearly two years ago by Attorney General Jon Bruning, Gov. Dave Heineman and the then-president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, allows tribal police in the Pine Ridge Indian reservation to be deputized in Nebraska. (more…)