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As chairman of the State-Tribal Relations Committee I am aware that the issues effecting Whiteclay, Nebraska have been an ongoing concern in our state for some time.
With that in mind, I recently traveled with fellow State Senators Cook, Baker, and Pansing Brooks to Whiteclay and observed the challenges facing that community to gain a better understanding of how to confront them. This trip coincided with the goals of interim study LR 567 proposed by Senator Pansing Brooks in March of 2016. KETV was kind enough to document the trip. You can view the video here.
We are calling for a package of measures that we think will make an impact on the area. They are listed below:
Following these steps, we believe Whiteclay can move forward to a better future. Senator Pansing Brooks has already made progress towards economic relief in Whiteclay by negotiating with Viaero Wireless and convincing them to erect a tower which will allow cellphone service and internet access to the area.
By creating an environment with access to addiction treatment, law enforcement and economic opportunity, we will be taking positive steps to uplift and empower the community and its neighbors.