The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs(NCIA) has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office to address Whiteclay area issues as mandated by Nebraska Legislative Bill 1002. The purpose of the LB 1002 funded grants are to address economic development, health care, and law enforcement needs in the Whiteclay, Nebraska area.
“We are excited to be taking this first, small step toward making positive changes in the Whiteclay area,” said NCIA Executive Director Judi M. gaiashkibos. “We are hopeful that this grant will help the Sheridan County Sheriff’s department in their efforts to ensure adherence to the laws by all and to ensure a safe, secure environment for everyone in Whiteclay. We understand that additional law enforcement efforts alone will not solve all of the area’s problems, but we are hopeful that this marks the beginning of the end to a long and painful struggle, and will serve as the starting point to a new era of hope and change for the Native populations in the Pine Ridge area.”
In addition to the awarding of the $10,000 in grant funding, NCIA in partnership with the University of Nebraska Office of Research and Economic Development, recently hosted a grant training workshop at Chadron State College as another way to help Whiteclay area organizations gain useful skills to enable them to seek out and receive additional funding from other sources.