Archive for March, 2012

Man denied liquor license near South Dakota Indian reservations

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


RAPID CITY, S.D. –  Commissioners in South Dakota’s Mellette County have rejected a sheriff’s deputy’s plans to sell liquor in a town near American Indian reservations, including one that is suing some of the worlds’ largest beer makers. (more…)

At Tribe’s Door, a Hub of Beer and Heartache

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

By Timothy Williams / NEW YORK TIMES

WHITECLAY, Neb. — Four rickety metal shacks that line the main road in this town of maybe 10 people sell an average of 13,000 cans of beer and malt liquor a day. The nearest sizable city is two hours north. But just 240 yards north — across the state line in South Dakota — is the sprawling Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol has been banned since the 1970s.

Nearly all the alcohol bought in Whiteclay winds up on Pine Ridge or is consumed by its residents, tribal officials say. Pine Ridge is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is one of the poorest places in the country, according to 2010 census data. (more…)

11,000 Cans of Beer Daily. 14 Townspeople. You Do the Math.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

By Yan Hankin / Legal As She Is Spoke (New York Law School)

Today’s New York Times features a front page article,  “At Tribe’s Door, a Story of Beer and Heartache”, about an Indian tribe suing those believed to be directly contributing to its extraordinarily high rate of alcoholism. (more…)

The $500 million Whiteclay lawsuit and a wide spot on the road called Swett

Monday, March 5th, 2012

By Stew Magnuson / BUFFALO’S FIRE

I won’t presume to know what the true intentions of the Oglala Nation’s tribal leaders were when they filed the $500 million lawsuit seeking damages from the beer sellers in Whiteclay, Nebr., along with the distributors and brewers.

If they wanted to bring attention to the problem of chronic alcoholism on Pine Ridge where alcohol is prohibited, and the lack of resources being put toward the problem, then kudos!

In that respect, the lawsuit has already been a resounding success. I opened up the print edition of the Washington Post last week, and found the AP lawsuit story on page 2. USA Today, and other media outlets have picked up on the story. More importantly, eastern Nebraska newspapers have Whiteclay on their front pages again. (more…)

Oglala Sioux Tribe should sell alcohol for the revenue

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By Taz A. Duysak Jr. (President, Organization for Native American Unity, Rosebud Sioux Tribe) / RAPID CITY JOURNAL

I am Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. I serve as the president of the Organization for Native American Unity. Our headquarters are located on the Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud. The purpose of this letter is to voice my support for the sale of alcohol on the Oglala Sioux Tribe Reservation, regulated by the OST. (more…)

Something Has To Change: The Oglala Lakota Lawsuit against Whiteclay

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

By Dana Lone Hill / LAST RED INDIANS

The first I noticed of the lawsuit recently filed in federal court, by the Tribe I am proudly a member of, was through a link on Facebook that led to an article in a local paper.  After I read it, I admit, I was astonished.  The person who put up the link was a Tribal member who had made the remark that the Tribe “just needed to legalize alcohol, already.” (more…)