Opinion
Editorial: Whiteclay deserves extra attention


"Rep. Tom Osborne and Attorney General Jon Bruning should be commended for their efforts to do something about the disgrace of Whiteclay.

Other officials in the state of Nebraska should follow their example by putting the state tax money generated from beer sales in the tiny village into programs aimed at stopping the alcohol abuse.

As documented in the Journal Star special report Standing at the Crossroads three stores at Whiteclay sell about 11,000 cans of beer a day, putting more than $300,000 a year in the state treasury, counting both sales and excise taxes. Public intoxication and violence are common.

Bruning and Osborne went into action after Bruning received an e-mail that a proposed agreement that would allow tribal police from the Pine Ridge Reservation to cite or arrest those who violate Nebraska law was in danger of being rejected by the tribal government. "

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