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(Neb)-Whiteclay Task Releases Priorities

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/20/2017 11:57 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Whiteclay Task Force, created by the Legislature earlier this year, has released its list of goals to improve life in the unicorporated Sheridan County community next to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

        The report calls for a new, permanent cellphone tower in the area to replace one that was vandalized and destroyed by a windstorm, finding land for a possible treatment and detox center, creating a memorial, and additional economic development efforts.

       The list is based in large part on ideas from a day-long summit held in Whiteclay in October that  included better than 20 projects or project areas under 5 headings: Skills Training and Employment, Recovery and Wellness, Youth and Community, Hospitality, and Parks.

      State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, co-chair of the task force along with Senator Tom Brewer of Gordon, said at the time funding will be a major issue, given tight government budgets, and thinks there may be another summit sometime in the future focused on the issue of funding.

        The economy of Whiteclay had been based for more than a century on the sale of alcohol to residents of the reservation, where alcohol was banned, but that changed in April when the  Nebraska Liquor Control Commission voted not to renew the licenses of the town's 4 beer stores.


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