Posts Tagged ‘deputization’

Native American Studies Professor Speaks on Pine Ridge Lawsuit

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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The head of the Native American Studies program at the University of Nebraska – Omaha does not agree with the lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe against beer makers and distributors.

“I think there are a lot of people inserting themselves in this for the sake, I think, of making themselves look good at the expense of perpetuating a stereotype about not just the Oglala’s but Indians in general that we’re alcoholics and need people to protect us. I wouldn’t have brought it. I think there is a way the Oglala Nation can address this issue by exercising their sovereignty and that would essentially shut down Whiteclay in about two weeks.” (more…)

Hearing speakers demand action on Whiteclay issues

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Published Friday December 18, 2009

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…)

Nebraska lawmakers again discuss Whiteclay and alcohol

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Published Friday, September 25, 2009

As Nebraska lawmakers gathered Friday at the state Capitol talk about how to help his alcohol-drenched town, which has vexed politicians, local American Indians and activists for decades, Lance Moss let out a groan in Whiteclay.

He’s heard it all before.

“I get so sick of the same old rhetoric from people who visit here once a year and walk around,” then try to solve its problems, said Moss, owner of Whiteclay Grocery. “Have you ever heard of anyone solving an alcoholic’s problem for them? People need to make a conscience choice to change their way of living.” (more…)

Editorial: Patrols part of solution in Whiteclay

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009


The landmark agreement signed last week that will allow Pine
Ridge tribal police to patrol in the Nebraska village of
Whiteclay is a step on the path to reducing one of the state’s
worst alcohol problems. (more…)

Timeline of events at Whiteclay

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Published Saturday March 7, 2009

1998 — Activists ask the Nebraska Liquor Commission to shut down four liquor stores in Whiteclay, saying the stores exploit American Indians who live on the nearby Pine Ridge reservation. (more…)

Nebraska must fight alcoholism on Pine Ridge Reservation

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Published Wednesday February 4, 2009

Whiteclay, Neb., a northern border town with a population of only 14, has been making headlines for more than 10 years. Newspapers from as far away as Washington, D.C. have run stories on the town.

Reporters come to Whiteclay not to report on the good deeds of the community but to spread the story of the four businesses with liquor licenses and the thousands of customers who come to buy beer.  (more…)

Film Study Guide Available

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Download The Study Guide to accompany The Battle for Whiteclay.

For Whiteclay, still more problems than answers

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Published Thursday September 6, 2007

LINCOLN, Neb. — One semitrailer a week normally passes through Whiteclay, delivering enough food to fill two small grocery stores in the village, population 14, and those in a few nearby towns.

Before a recent celebration on the adjacent Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is officially barred but holds one of the poorest, most alcohol-ravaged populations in the country, the food truck was outnumbered by three others that arrived the same day.

They deliver another staple of the area — beer. (more…)

Editorial: It’s time to act

Thursday, May 17th, 2007


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…)

‘Historic’ agreement could be tapped out

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007


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…)