Posts Tagged ‘Jon Bruning’

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…)

Don’t give up Whiteclay battle

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Published Saturday February 6, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
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…)

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…)

Governor goes west to discuss Whiteclay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Published Friday January 29, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman and a contingent of other state officials flew Friday to Gordon, Neb., to meet with Lakota Sioux tribal officials about a legislative proposal concerning Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

State, tribal leaders meet to talk about Whiteclay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Published Friday January 29, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

A host of state officials flew to western Nebraska on Friday to meet with Oglala Sioux tribal leaders to explore solutions to massive alcohol sales at Whiteclay. (more…)

A good start on Whiteclay

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Published Monday January 25, 2010
BY JOHN KREJCI
PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD HERALD

I was gratified to read a Jan. 15 editorial, “A sensible path forward,” and a Jan. 17 news story, “Effort afoot to rehab Whiteclay.” (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…)

A sensible path forward

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Published Thursday January 14, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Proposals for Pine Ridge/Whiteclay

Two committees of the Nebraska Legislature are putting forward worthwhile ideas that have the potential to relieve some of the misery that has long held the Pine Ridge Reservation in its grasp. (more…)

For Whiteclay, Nebraska problems, some push for detox

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Published Sunday December 13, 2009
BY NATE JENKINS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation fed up with alcoholism and what they say is Nebraska’s contribution to the woes are pleading for a detox center in or near the beer-drenched town of Whiteclay.

The idea, agreed to by leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is being floated to Nebraska lawmakers who are studying ways to the address problems. The four stores that mainly comprise Whiteclay, population 14, sell about 4 million cans of beer annually — most to residents of the Pine Ridge reservation. (more…)

Nebraska officials’ trip to Whiteclay spurs legislative study

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Published Wednesday September 23, 2009
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

A trip to Whiteclay in March by two state senators, the attorney general and a state liquor control commissioner has led to hearings on whether more should be done to address alcohol sales and use there. (more…)