WDAY: The News Leader

Published July 17, 2011, 04:00 PM

SD's Oglala Sioux builds nursing home in Neb.

WHITECLAY, Neb. (AP) - South Dakota's Oglala Sioux Tribe has started construction of a nursing home across the Nebraska border in a village at the center of a booze dispute.

NET Radio reports the 60-bed nursing home is slated to open in

August 2012 in Whiteclay. Ground was broken on the project last


The tribe's consultant, Gary Ruse, says there are 200 to 300

tribe members in Midwest nursing homes who want to return to the

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele credited Nebraska

officials for help with the project.

The tribe and the state have been at odds for years over the

sale of alcohol in Whiteclay. The dry reservation is within walking

distance of the village and has one of the country's highest

alcoholism-related mortality rates.