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.