I will take a stand and work hard for the issues that are important to all of us. I will fight for our children, our seniors, our jobs, our economy, our parks, our equity issues, our health, our schools and our safety–for all Nebraskans!

Patty Pansing Brooks

Nebraska State Senator

As I ruminate about our trip to Whiteclay, two contrasting images stick in my mind--a pair of BABY SHOES forlornly lying amongst a pile of debris where people with addictions sleep due to a LACK of ACCESS to TREATMENT--juxtaposed against the BREATHTAKING VISTAS. Clearly action is essential. There is no single solution. Complex problems mandate multi-faceted actions. My LR will seek an action strategy. We will need each of you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jon StantonSenator Pansing Brooks - thank you for your service to our district and to Nebraska! I work for the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at UNO. While not in my particular area, I do know a group of students and faculty have been working to seek ways to assist families in and around Whiteclay and to draw attention to the serious issues that exist there. Perhaps there's an opportunity for collaboration? If you're interested, please let me know and I'll send you contact info.

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Mark E WelschGovernor Pete Ricketts Please start by having the State Patrol enforce Nebraska laws that don't allow the alcohol stores to sell to people who are already drunk, or to bootleggers who will illegally re-sell the alcohol on the reservation. If these laws are enforced in Whiteclay and the nearby towns, there will not be an increased number of drunks on the roads and you will help stop the genocide of the Indians in South Dakota.

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Miranda Hauptman RogersSay the word and I stand with you. The atrocities occuring at Whiteclay have horrified me for years. Anything I can do to assist in a solution I am willing to do.

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Carla JonesThere are a great many of us who stand with you! Give the word and we will be there!

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YN LeungThis is a team I will work with. It's about time. So many parties to any discussion and more to real action.

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Tony A. LaravieI will do what I can, ready and willing!

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Sue DempseyWilling to do what I can to help. Just let me know.

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Nora BoesemAnything that I can do or Barbara Vancil and I can do we are there!!!

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Alison ArmstrongReady to help and/or vote as needed.

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Penny CostelloPresent and accounted for.

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Eden DennyI am here to help.

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Nancy Posvar GreenReady and willing!

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Shannon Mitchell BoekstalI'm in

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Laird HaberlanI'm all in!

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Elle HansenThank you, Senator.

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Marilyn BarnesI'm in too!

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Mary Lou Marsh MeierSay the word, Mary Barry-Magsamen

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KC ChasekSo you actually think closing down Whiteclay will solve this problem??? The answer is no. The only thing that will happen when closing Whiteclay is they will get in vehicles to drive and get drunk then get back into vehicles and put every person on the highway at risk! The change needs to happen on the reservation thru education and they need to help themselves thru tribal education.

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Emily LevineWhat are your thoughts about if White Clay's liquor stores are closed, people from the rez will just go further---to Hay Springs or wherever? Do you think Nebraska should be obligated to use some of the enormous tax revenues from those stores to pay for treatment options on Pine Ridge?

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Sue DempseyI'm interested. Please let me know.

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At the FETAL ALCOHOL Seminar we learned of the alarming public health crisis that 1 in 4 babies on the Pine Ridge Reservation is born to addicted parents in a bath of alcohol with significant physical and mental disabilities. CHEAP, HIGH ALCOHOL CONTENT BEER is the #1 culprit. We talked with Sheriff Robinson about law enforcement issues in Sheridan County and Whiteclay. ... See MoreSee Less

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Alison ArmstrongThank you so much for shedding light on the many issues that need to be addressed in this community.

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Joe ShawThank you for bringing these issues to light. It's a tragedy that one Nebraska city is exploiting these tragedies.

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Nancy Posvar GreenIt's time for a positive change!

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Sherry JeanKeep up the good work Jodie Knowledge is everything!!

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Liz Ring CarlsonThank you so much for going and shedding light to more people on this crisis!

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Laird HaberlanWe need a law limiting the ABV, alcohol content, in beer. I have seen them as high as 17.5 in a single bottle. Normal is about 4.5.

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Virginia SaportaEverybody visits----photo op. It's time to DO something. WhiteClay is a travesty. Let's deal with it so we can go on to address the horror that is alcohol abuse and it's consequences in its entirety.

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Dan WhiteIt's a free country. You are free to drink yourself to death or not. The government has zero business telling citizens they can't do a legal activity.

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Ann OHaraPatty, I am always so proud that you are my state senatot.

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Jeff MohrSheriff Robinson, by many accounts, is part of the problem.

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Sally JonesWhiteclay is an abomination. A shame for Nebraskans.

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Abram NeumannThank you for visiting. Keep the pressure on at the capital!

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Sue DempseyMeth is also a huge issue on most of the reservations. Very sad.

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La Von HummelWhhhoo u got my love babe you got it everyday girl

3 days ago
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Molly MakerGo, Patty, go! White Clay is an embarassment to Nebraska and needs to be overhauled, radically.

2 days ago
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Linda Walt WilsonThanks, Patty, for the information. It's a tragedy for our state.

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Emily LevineSo glad that you are my Senator.

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Dan WoodwardAnother example of liberals assigning blame instead of taking responsibility

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Beth PetersonSo very sad.

3 days ago
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Howard McbrideAwareness is a beginning! :-) Respect!

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Nancy ClaySo sad for all!!!

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Liz HruskaIt is so tragic.

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I have been to Vietnam, Egypt and India, yet I have never seen the depth of poverty, degradation and inhumane treatment of a people as I saw in our beloved Nebraska at Whiteclay. In these pictures, President Brewer and Robert Young Dog took me on a tour of the areas where natives with chronic, generational substance abuse exist. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nancy CarlsonThank you so much, Senator, for your courage to speak out when so many public officials have remained silent.

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Keri RockwellI think it profoundly hypocritical that NE is upset with CO over pot. When we have Whiteclay. The irony is not lost on me.

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Elle HansenWant to be part of the solution? Start by helping our relatives there in meeting the basic needs... A la Maslow's Heirarchy. Safe housing. Heat and ac for those homes. Clean water... The water on the Rez is contaminated. And food. Then build a 100 bed medically-monitored detox and treatment center on the Valley Hope model. Halfway houses. Trauma-informed mental health professionals. But start with basic needs. Leave the beer stores open. No one can force an addict to get clean. And they'll go to rushville to get their fix. Give em a way out. U might be surprised how many take it.

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Janice WalkerLeadership is needed to make change and senator Pansing Brooks is our best hope. If you find this deplorable, you have an opportunity to support her efforts and press our other elected officials to do the same

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Paula Moon BohatyMy exact reaction upon each visit, I've seen heart ripping devastation in this world, Whiteclay breaks the soul. We can heal this pain, Nebraskans' want this to end. Thank you Sen. Patty for your leadership, vision and willingness to affect change.

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Anica BrownAnd right at the state line where you go from Pine Ridge to Whiteclay, our state sign reads "Nebraska The Good Life" - you will never look at this sign again entering Nebraska the same ever again. So sad.

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JohnCarl DenkovichThis is appalling. We owe our indigenous communities unconditional respect and support. Thank you for bringing this issue forward as an ally to Nebraska native communities!

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Larry PelterThank you Patty for your attention to this shameful and sad situation. Hoping your efforts here will create a step forward in moving the state to meaningful and positive action.

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Nora BoesemI cannot even say how much it meant to me that you came and took the time to talk with all of us and walk the streets to talk to many! You inspire me to keep going!!

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Jennifer PonceThank you for coming out to listen. I hope you can open up space for people like Frank La Mere and Bryan Brewster to talk about the issue and support them while they work for change.

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Ann Meehan-SchoenExactly, for so many, this is a situation that no one seems to notice, or even knows exists. Out of sight, out of mind?....

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Jeff MohrThank you for taking the time to get a first-hand accounting of these atrocities in the so-called good life. Those of us who have visited many times are hopeful your visit will result in some progress towards the State of Nebraska taking some responsibility for its culpability regarding this inhuman treatment of our indigenous friends.

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C Wesley Hanvyand yet the 61 wealthiest persons on the planet have more money than the bottom 3.5 BILLION people combined. Whiteclay is a tiny sampling of the daily reality of America's poor and disenfranchised.

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Sheela FarmerThank you hope you do follow up. So many have said how sad or heart breaking yet nothing gets done. Turning a blinds eye is so wrong.

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Katie McLeese StephensonIt was truly an amazing week. I'm so glad that I was there. Together I hope we can make a difference. Thank you for your commitment.

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Barbara VancilThank you for coming! These are broken lives of someone's "child, spouse, sibling or relative. God's children.

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Lea LaBrieThere is a documentary about Whiteclay. Sober Indian/ Dangerous Indian Hopelessness is hard to overcome.

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Suzanne WesterholtThis has been an ongoing situation for many years. Every few years there seems to be another story, but nothing changes. Maybe Patty will get something accomplished.

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Christie Ahlschwede-AbdulWe must do more! This is unacceptable thank you for Sharing this story! I'm here to help however I can!

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Margie PinkertonAs a senator you must introduce legislation to correct everything wrong that you saw.

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Michelle Papstein GibbsGod bless you, Patty Pansing Brooks!

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Beth PetersonThank you Patty for doing this.

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Jennie OliverSomebody is making big money from it & that is why nothing changes.

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Carol BedientHow can we get more Legislators on board to make changes? Your openness is remarkable.

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Jacki LoomisThank you for making that difficult trip. Keep up the good work.

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Powerful visit to the historic burial site of the WOUNDED KNEE MASSACRE, with Tribal Leaders President Brewer and Frank LaMere. We must never forget that the struggles of the Native people today are based upon the ATROCITIES we inflicted in the past. ... See MoreSee Less

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Steve SoberskiAnd 20 Solider's were awarded the Metal of Honor for this massacre, efforts were made to have that rescinded, has that happened?

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Pamela AnnThank you for voicing this important message - our history classes in the 70s definitely never talked about any of the dark moments in U.S. history.

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Cheryl Volzke RichterI have been moved by both visiting Wounded Knee and by listening to Frank LeMere. He is a treasure.

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Nancy CarlsonThank you for your leadership, Senator. It is very much appreciated.

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Beth PetersonIt was a tough place to visit when I went with The First-Plymouth group.

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Joe ShawThanks for caring about Native American issues.

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Jan KauffmanWould love to go there. Wonder how far away it is.

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Rebecca Van de BogartAn opinion rarely voiced, than you.

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YN LeungThank you.

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Steven Badger Ferrispart and parcel

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Frances ScottAmen!

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Nathan WoodruffThank you

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Katharine V Lamarche- BakerPreach it!

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