Ideas for improving Whiteclay discussed, but obstacles remain
Whiteclay, Nebraska has four stores that sell millions of cans a beer each year to residents of the nearby -- and officially dry -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Now, some local people are brainstorming ideas to clean up Whiteclay. But big obstacles remain, and some critics say things won’t improve until the beer stores are shut down.
Whiteclay has a reputation as a place where people loiter and drink. But there’s more to the town than that, including a couple of cafes, a general store, and a grocery store.
Inside the Whiteclay Grocery, shoppers – most of them Native Americans -- stock up on essentials. Lance Moss has owned the store for 20 years, and before that, it belonged to his parents. Moss said when he was young, a few mostly older people would come to town, buy alcohol, and then almost hide under some trees to drink.