First Native business owner in Whiteclay relishes opportunity
WHITECLAY — When Martin Pilcher was a boy growing up in the New Crazy Horse community a couple of miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on the road to Whiteclay, he and his young friends would do their best to avoid Nebraska 407.
Whether on horseback or on foot, the youngsters were leery of the road and would reluctantly sneak across the tarmac only to reach the cool creek on the other side.
"We would stay away from it as much as possible," Pilcher said. "So many people drove to Whiteclay to get beer and there were a lot of accidents on that road. So many died on that highway. We had to walk across it to get to the creek, but we would really hustle."