Archive for March, 2012

NPR All Things Considered: Tribe sues to keep reservation free of booze

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

By Charles Michael Ray, SD Public Radio / NPR All Things Considered / March 31, 2011

To listen to this 4-minute story visit NPR All Things Considered at this LINK.

Beer instead of pride

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

By Lukas Ondreka, Washington / March 27, 2012 / Sächsische Zeitung (Saxony, German)

Translation by H. Peter Reinkordt / View original news story HERE

In the Oglala-Sioux Reservation in South Dakota alcohol has been banned for 180 years – nevertheless alcoholism is a public disease. Now the Indians are suing several breweries.

Chief Crazy Horse, sublimely carved in stone from the boulders of the Black Hills, gazes over the barren expanse of the Badlands. It would sadden the warrior, who died in 1877, if he were to see the condition of his tribe in the Pine-Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The once proud Indians have become drunks. Alcoholisms is epidemic for the Oglala-Sioux. Alcohol has been strictly prohibited for 180 years in Pine Ridge. Nevertheless the Oglalas who live there battle the chronic alcohol dependence of many tribal members. After years of unsuccessful protests and appeals to politicians the tribe is now suing some of the worlds largest beer breweries as well as liquor stores. (more…)

Oglalas Ask Courts to Cap Whiteclay Beer Sales

Monday, March 19th, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

Following up on a recently filed federal lawsuit against beer stores, breweries and other businesses involved in the Whiteclay, Nebraska alcohol trade, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has gone a step further and is requesting injunctive relief from the courts. The tribe wants the court to limit total volume of beer sales in Whiteclay—which lies on its southern border—to the amount that can be consumed in accordance with Nebraska and Oglala Sioux Tribe laws. The original lawsuit demanded a still-unspecified sum—widely reported as $500 million—for damages done to the tribe by generations of alcohol sales. (more…)

God and man at Whiteclay

Friday, March 16th, 2012


When Bruce Bonfleur arrived on Pine Ridge Reservation, he traveled a well-worn path: that of the white Christian come to save the Indian. Since the Rez’s inception, Lakota people have been, depending on your point of view, blessed or cursed by these missionaries. My dad says back in the 1920s they were already calling them SOTS (saviors of the Sioux). (more…)

US Attorney: Federal bootlegging charges ‘unique’

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


SIOUX FALLS — Federal bootlegging charges against several people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were filed in part because of concerns raised by community members, the top federal prosecutor for South Dakota said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota announced last week that five people had pleaded not guilty in federal court in February to charges of possessing and selling alcohol on the dry reservation, where alcoholism is rampant. (more…)

Oglala Man Sustains Serious Burns in Whiteclay Fire

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

“I’m in severe pain,” said Brian Blue Bird, Oglala Lakota, from his hospital bed in a Greeley, Colorado, burn unit. He was airlifted there via helicopter on March 7 after being badly burned that day in a fire in Whiteclay, Nebraska, which adjoins the tribe’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. When Blue Bird arrived at North Colorado Medical Center, he was in serious condition, according to Helen Lohnes, the hospital’s nursing supervisor; he is now listed in fair condition, she said. (more…)

Man’s burns spur questions about negligence

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


LINCOLN — A Lakota Sioux man was seriously injured in a recent controlled burn of vacant lots in Whiteclay, Neb., and family members and friends question whether firefighters were negligent in not checking the area before igniting the blaze.

Bryan Blue Bird Jr., 51, of Pine Ridge, S.D., was hospitalized with burns over 25 percent of his body after the March 7 incident. (more…)

The Bugle: Booze News (White Clay Nebraska)

Monday, March 12th, 2012

THE BUGLE PODCAST / March 12, 2012

Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver discuss the alcohol issues that plague the town of White Clay, Nebraska.


5 indicted for selling alcohol on dry reservation

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted five people for possessing and selling liquor on a dry American Indian reservation home to a tribe suing some of the nation’s largest beer makers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. (more…)

Beer Sales Plunge Near SD Reservation

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. - Alcohol sales have plummeted in a tiny Nebraska town faulted for selling beer to members of an American Indian tribe plagued by alcoholism.

While the town’s critics hailed the drop in sales and credited increased law enforcement and more alcohol-related treatment programs at the neighboring Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a store owner in Whiteclay said business has fallen off because the tribal government, which provides most of the jobs in the area, has been struggling financially. (more…)