Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Act urgently on Whiteclay

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Published Sunday August 29, 2010
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD (Midlands Voices)

Nebraskans are shocked to learn that a portion of the second-poorest area in the entire Western Hemisphere lies within our state, in the area that includes the Pine Ridge Reservation. Consider the following figures from the 2002-03 edition of Regional Differences in Indian Health, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: (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…)

Liquor debate goes to core of town’s ties to reservation

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Published Saturday July 17, 2010

The irony of Whiteclay is that it sits in what was originally a “buffer zone” created by the U.S. government to “protect” the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from illegal whiskey peddlers operating in the area.

In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur decreed a 50-square-mile buffer zone in Nebraska south of the Pine Ridge Agency in South Dakota to protect Native Americans from the ravages of alcohol, according to the web site for the documentary film, “Battle for Whiteclay.” In 1889, and again in 1890, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation incorporating this buffer zone, known as the White Clay Extension, into the boundaries of the reservation. But in a 1904 executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt, 49 of the 50 square miles of the White Clay Extension was placed into the public domain over the protests of Lakota elders and others concerned that the need for a buffer zone still remained. Today, there is still one square mile of Pine Ridge tribal land in Nebraska near Whiteclay, the remnant of President Arthur’s buffer zone. (more…)

Frank LaMere to speak about Whiteclay in Lincoln on May 21

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Published Friday May 7, 2010

Frank LaMere is coming to Lincoln to offer insight and discuss the latest updates on Whiteclay. Mark Vasina, filmmaker of The Battle of Whiteclay, will also be there to speak, as well as to show clips of the film. To learn what we as a community can do to help, come Friday, May 21st, at 6:30 p.m., to Goodrich @ Dawes Middle School, 5130 Colfax Ave., Lincoln.

‘Little ray of hope’ for Whiteclay

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Published Tuesday April 27, 2010

LINCOLN — Officials hope a weekend cleanup in the notorious border town of Whiteclay, Neb., will lead to more cleanups and a renewed effort to increase law enforcement. (more…)

Winnebago business leader: Poverty at heart of Whiteclay debacle

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Published Wednesday April 7, 2010

BELLEVUE — A Winnebago business leader and attorney called massive beer sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation symptoms of greater economic problems on the reservation. (more…)

Tribal support could improve lives on the reservation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Published Tuesday March 30, 2010

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB. — Over the years we’ve grown skeptical of efforts to “solve” the problem of beer sales in Whiteclay.

Much of the noise seems calculated to promote the careers of celebrity “activists” rather than address the real problem, which is rampant alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. Critics of the beer merchants have always found it convenient to overlook that those buying the beer are willing customers who would simply look elsewhere if the Whiteclay stores were shut down. (more…)

Three rays of hope brighten outlook for Whiteclay

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Published Monday March 29, 2010

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…)