Posts Tagged ‘prostitution’

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…)

Alcoholism challenge: Pine Ridge frustrations

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Published Tuesday March 10, 2009

This Omaha World-Herald staff editorial sparked a series of letters to the editor (reprinted below following the editorial).

A drive northward on State Highway 87 offers views of some of northwest Nebraska’s most picturesque landscapes. Amid the rolling hills and idyllic ranchland, first-time visitors to the area will find the drive to be a relaxing experience.

Until they reach Whiteclay. (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…)

The Oyate (Part II of “Alcohol: A tool of oppression against Native Americans”)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2002

Published October 9, 2002
HOCAK WORAK: Newsletter of the Ho-Chunk Nation

“I know what this life is,” stated 30-year-old Clifton Red Feather who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. When asked what life he speaks of, Clifton stated, “the life of alcoholism and poverty. Alcoholism is the main factor that effects my oyate, but we still stick together.”

The common factor that is shared by many of the those that go to White Clay and even those that do not go there is that there is nothing for the people to do on the reservation. The lack of jobs, and transportation to seek jobs in turn leads to people turning to alcohol in order to pass time. The Oglala people, like many Natives have suffered a long history of abuse by the government, accounting for them having little to no faith in the government. (more…)