Archive for February, 2012

Alcohol drives Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Alan Neville (American News columnist) / ABERDEEN (SD) NEWS

Whiteclay, Neb., has a population of 14 people. It is in northwest Nebraska, bordering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, only two miles from the city of Pine Ridge. Whiteclay has four off-sale beer stores that, according to numerous sources, sell approximately 4.5 million cans of beer annually. So who could be buying all that beer?

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the four beer stores in Whiteclay in addition to the beer distributors and manufacturers that supply those stores. It is illegal to consume or possess alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. But the tribe says these stores are undermining that law by providing the alcohol just beyond the border, knowing full well who they are selling it to and where it is going.

One might characterize this as a frivolous lawsuit, wondering “Why don’t the Indians just stop buying beer?” But this simplistic response ignores the reality of the situation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as well as the role alcohol has playing in the lives of American Indians for the past 160 years. (more…)

Tribe Sues Big Beer Makers for Damages

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

By Conan Milner

Near the site of the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, a new lawsuit addresses an old problem. The Oglala Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge reservation is suing local alcohol distributors, and some of the nation’s largest beer manufacturers—including Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Molson Coors—for $500 million. (more…)

Native American Studies Professor Speaks on Pine Ridge Lawsuit

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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The head of the Native American Studies program at the University of Nebraska – Omaha does not agree with the lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe against beer makers and distributors.

“I think there are a lot of people inserting themselves in this for the sake, I think, of making themselves look good at the expense of perpetuating a stereotype about not just the Oglala’s but Indians in general that we’re alcoholics and need people to protect us. I wouldn’t have brought it. I think there is a way the Oglala Nation can address this issue by exercising their sovereignty and that would essentially shut down Whiteclay in about two weeks.” (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe Files $500M Lawsuit Against Brewers, Distributors and Sellers of Alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By Vincent Schilling, February 13, 2012/ INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

The Oglala Sioux tribe filed a $500 million lawsuit February 9 against brewers (Anheuser-Busch InBev, Molson Coors, Pabst, Miller Brewers), retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was announced by Tom White, former Nebraska State Senator and attorney for the Oglala Sioux, at a news conference hosted by the Nebraskans for Peace organization. (more…)

OPINION: The last effort

Saturday, February 11th, 2012


The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a problem. Many of its members drink too much.

The Pine Ridge Reservation is officially “dry,” but many residents cross the border into Whiteclay, Neb., buy beer there and take it back across the border to drink or re-sell. There’s no news in that. In fact, when activists who have made a career of blaming Whiteclay for the reservation’s woes announced plans this week to sue major beer brewers, the report in the Omaha World-Herald began: “The latest effort …” (more…)

Native Americans: The Tragedy of Alcoholism

Saturday, February 11th, 2012


Native Americans of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Whiteclay, Nebraska, have filed a $500-million lawsuit against beer manufacturers for the devastation that alcohol has wreaked on their community for decades.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe said the extraordinary sum they are asking for would be used to pay for health care, social services and child rehabilitation. (more…)

Lawsuits and alcohol impact zones target Whiteclay

Friday, February 10th, 2012


A few bystanders stood on the fringe of a State Capitol news conference last week to hear about a lawsuit that aims to alleviate alcohol problems caused by beer sales in the unincorporated village of Whiteclay, Neb.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe by Omaha lawyer Tom White, goes after the global brewers, the Nebraska distributors and the Whiteclay stores that sell beer to a population truly devastated by alcohol. (more…)

Sioux tribe sues brewers for alcohol woes

Friday, February 10th, 2012

By Peter Harriman, (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is suing some of the world’s largest beer brewers, saying they knowingly have contributed to devastating alcohol-related problems on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

People React To Whiteclay Lawsuit

Friday, February 10th, 2012

By Derek Olson / KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, SD)

WHITECLAY, NE – A lawsuit has been filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

It’s against some major beer distributors and the stores that sell alcohol within walking distance of the reservation.

“I don’t want to see the economy growing into the misery of people using alcohol. That’s how I see it here,” tribal council member Beverly Tuttle said. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe Sues to Stop Illegal Alcohol Importation onto Pine Ridge

Friday, February 10th, 2012


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against brewers, retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was announced Thursday at a news conference hosted by Nebraskans for Peace.

Attorney Tom White, legal counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said the defendants are engaged in a common enterprise focused on assisting and participating in the illegal importation of alcohol sold at Whiteclay onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge, where tribal members suffer from crippling poverty and alcoholism rates. Whiteclay lies less than 250 feet from the reservation border. (more…)