A recent death and other problems in Whiteclay are drawing new scrutiny from Nebraska lawmakers, who plan to announce an initiative to address persistent issues when they visit the tiny village later this week.
Senators say they’re looking seriously at ways to improve conditions in Whiteclay, which sells millions of cans of beer each year on the border of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is banned.
Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln says she organized the trip to show fellow lawmakers the appalling conditions in the ramshackle town.
Lawmakers and officials with the Nebraska Public Service Commission will tour the area on Wednesday.
Whiteclay gained new attention in August following the death of 50-year-old Sherry Wounded Foot, who lived in the reservation village of Porcupine.