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Editorial: Recycling business makes a positive impact in Whiteclay (12/08)
"Call it a stroke of genius, a no-brainer, or a match made in heaven and hell. It's all of the above. ABC Recycling Center recently opened in Whiteclay, Neb. to recycle brass, copper and aluminum - lots of aluminum. Whiteclay...

Nebraska governor disclaims responsibility over Whiteclay liquor (08/17)
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) is rejecting responsibility for liquor problems in the town of Whiteclay. Four stores in the town sell millions of cans of beer a year, mainly to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. Members of...

Kevin Abourezk: Finding a little bit of hope at Whiteclay (04/26)
"Jack Andersen pulled beer cans and plastic bottles from a flooded ditch Saturday, trying to make a dent in the pile of garbage that had collected for untold months and years in a neglected corner of this village near...

Group uses state money to start Whiteclay cleanup effort (04/13)
A Christian group will use $10,000 in state funds to start a cleanup project in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The ABOUT group has enlisted youth volunteers from area high schools to plant flowers and trees for a community garden in Whiteclay, where...

Kevin Abourezk: Panel discusses alcohol sales in Whiteclay (04/08)
"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. "If you want to do something about Whiteclay, put a factory...

Nebraska lawmakers reduce allocation for Whiteclay fund (03/30)
Nebraska lawmakers cut down a proposed $250,000 fund for projects in the Whiteclay area down to just $25,000. The $25,000 will be used for grants to address health, social and other issues in the town, where four liquor stores sell...

Oglala Sioux Tribe set to build nursing home by Whiteclay (03/29)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe expects to break ground on a nursing home near the troubled town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, where four liquor stores sell 4.1 million cans of beer a year. The facility will be located on tribal land about...

Lawmakers advance bill to start $100K fund for Whiteclay (03/25)
Lawmakers in Nebraska voted 25-15 to advance a bill that would create a $100,000 fund to address problems in and around Whiteclay. Four liquor stores in the town sell 4.1 million cans of beer a year. Most of the customers...

Wasted in Whiteclay: Town tells 4.1M cans of beer a year (03/24)
Whiteclay, a town in Nebraska with less than 15 full-time residents, has four liquor stores that sell 4.1 million cans of a beer a year. Most of the buyers are members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The town is...

Kevin Abourezk: Panel focuses on problems at Whiteclay (03/15)
"A tribal president, a religious leader, an author and a filmmaker are among those invited to take part in an April 7 panel discussion at Bellevue University on alcohol sales at Whiteclay. "This event provides an excellent opportunity for students...

Column: Doing something about the Whiteclay situation (03/12)
"Whiteclay is a blot on the road in northwest Nebraska, within easy stumbling distance of the Oglala Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Members of the tribe go to Whiteclay to drink beer, to the tune of some four million cans...

Column: Lawmaker offers to sue Whiteclay stores (02/19)
"Omaha Sen. Tom White has offered his solution to the Whiteclay alcohol problem: Sue the beer distributors. There is so much alcohol sold by four businesses -- the equivalent of more than 4.2 million cans of beer were sold in...

Whiteclay bill headed for floor debate in Nebraska (02/18)
A bill that would set aside $250,000 a year for health facilities, economic development and law enforcement near Whiteclay is headed for a debate on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature. Four liquor stores in Whiteclay sell millions of cans...

Oglala Sioux Tribe supports detox center in Whiteclay (02/04)
Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls testified in support of a bill that would set aside alcohol tax revenue for health facilities, economic development and law enforcement near Whiteclay, Nebraska. Two Bulls said the revenue could be used...

Column: Whiteclay in the news just for being Whiteclay (02/02)
"Early Monday I looked out my window: It was snowing again, of course. Is it simply my age or are winters growing colder, longer? The scene of black, gray and white seemed sketched with charcoal on notebook paper. I thought...

Kevin Abourezk: The search for solutions at Whiteclay (02/01)
"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....

Lawsuit planned over sale of liquor at Whiteclay stores (01/15)
The Strong Heart Civil Rights Movement and the Black Hills Sioux Treaty Council plan to file a lawsuit against the federal government in hopes of stopping the sale of liquor in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit will cite the 1868 Fort...

Editorial: Same old problems for Whiteclay liquor (12/15)
"A "whole new bunch" of Nebraska lawmakers are ready to go where lawmakers before them have gone, attempted and failed to solve the alcohol issues arising from the location between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Whiteclay, Nebr. State Sen....

Hearing scheduled over alcohol sales in Whiteclay (12/03)
Nebraska lawmakers will hold a hearing on December 11 to look into alcohol sales in Whiteclay, a town near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Only 14 people live in Whiteclay. But stores there sell an estimated 4 million cans of beer...

Editorial: Whiteclay needs creative thinking (10/01)
"It is encouraging that the Nebraska Legislature is willing to continue exploring the tragic circumstances that prevail along the South Dakota border, where beer bought at the village of Whiteclay, Neb., continues to corrode lives on the Pine Ridge Indian...

Kevin Abourezk: Lawmakers to study Whiteclay (09/23)
"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. Two hearings to be...

Charles Trimble: Take action to address despair (09/08)
The first person I ever heard identify dependency as a root cause of much of the problems of Indian Country was a man we knew as Robert "Mad Dog" McLaughlin. It was the elder Ernie Stevens of Oneida who had...

FBI offers $50K reward for 1999 Whiteclay deaths (08/31)
Wilson Edison Black Elk, Jr. Ronald Owen Hard Heart The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information about the 1999 deaths of two members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, of South Dakota. Wilson Edison Black Elk, Jr. and...

James Abourezk: Restore Whiteclay buffer zone (07/16)
"Since taking office, President Obama has overturned several of George W. Bush’s executive orders. I would like to recommend he also overturn one of Theodore Roosevelt’s. Fourteen years after the Great Sioux Reservation was established in western South Dakota in...

Documentary on Whiteclay making the rounds (04/23)
"The Battle for Whiteclay" will be screened in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next Tuesday. The documentary follows Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, and Russell Means, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as they seek to...

Kevin Abourezk: Screenings for 'Battle for Whiteclay' (04/09)
"A western Nebraska college on Wednesday set dates and times for free screenings of a film about alcohol sales in Whiteclay. Mark Vasina, director and producer of “The Battle for Whiteclay,” said earlier this week he was told Western...

Editorial: Look within to address Whiteclay liquor (03/05)
"Earlier this week activist Frank LaMere led the protest at the Capitol. It’s familiar ground for LaMere who has protested sales at Whiteclay and urged the Nebraska legislature and law enforcement to solve the problem. But if Nebraska laws aren’t...

Activists to commemorate Whiteclay deaths (03/03)
Tribal activists plan a special commemoration to mark the unsolved deaths of two Oglala Sioux men in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Wilson Black Elk Jr. and his cousin Ronald Hard Heart were found dead on June 8, 1999. Their deaths have gone...