The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, population 12, has historically been one of the nation’s least economically diversified towns. Since its founding in the 1880s, the tiny enclave has had but one purpose in the world. It has provided the residents of the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation with high-octane beer, wine and liquor.   And [ Read On… ]

The Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation is the poorest place in the United States. Its residents have struggled with substance abuse, extreme poverty, lack of education and unemployment since the days when Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse still counted among its leadership. But while these problems have always been complex and intertwined, many critics and [ Read On… ]

The Nebraska State Liquor Board has recently voted to permanently revoke the liquor licenses of all four stores located in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The stores are the source of the town’s only economic activity. With just 12 official residents, Whiteclay will surely be destined to join the ranks of America’s Western ghost towns, should the Board’s [ Read On… ]

The Nebraska Liquor Control Board has recently voted unanimously to end the 130 year reign of Whiteclay, Nebraska as the go-to watering hole for the residents of the dry Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux reservation. The town has long served as a means by which the reservation’s residents, many of whom have historically struggled with alcoholism, [ Read On… ]

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has long been one of the poorest places in the United States. Wracked by 80 percent unemployment and rampant drug and alcohol use, the reservation has long been a focal point for activists of all stripes seeking to create a better society for all.   For nearly the entirety of [ Read On… ]

March 25th, 2017   The recent downward trend of federal and state school funding has deeply impacted our nation’s schools, and none more so than those already struggling with other socio-economic barriers. But in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation has recently granted a record $5M in private funding for 107 northeastern Oklahoma school districts.   The [ Read On… ]