Archive for May, 2012

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is drowning in beer

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The Oglala Sioux Tribe takes a stand for alcohol responsibility by fighting against illegal bootlegging on its reservation

By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012

Just six hours from Denver is the town of Whiteclay, Neb. Its population: about 12. Yet in 2010, this tiny town sold 465,000 gallons of beer, enough for nearly 5 million 12-ounce servings.

There’s no place in Whiteclay to legally consume beer, and state law prohibits its resale. So where is all that beer going? (more…)

Oglala Sioux tribal members are proud of Pine Ridge Reservation

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012

Dana Lone Hill is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While poverty and alcoholism are critical issues on the reservation, she says it’s also a place of hope and pride in this e-mailed interview. Lone Hill is author of an upcoming book, “Pointing with Lips.” (more…)

Feds will re-examine 39 deaths at Pine Ridge

Friday, May 25th, 2012

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / May 25, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said Thursday. (more…)

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS / THE NEW YORK TIMES / May 22, 2012

EMMONAK, Alaska — She was 19, a young Alaska Native woman in this icebound fishing village of 800 in the Yukon River delta, when an intruder broke into her home and raped her. The man left. Shaking, the woman called the tribal police, a force of three. It was late at night. No one answered. She left a message on the department’s voice mail system. Her call was never returned. She was left to recover on her own.

“I drank a lot,” she said this spring, three years later. “You get to a certain point, it hits a wall.”

One in three American Indian women have been raped or have experienced an attempted rape, according to the Justice Department. Their rate of sexual assault is more than twice the national average. And no place, women’s advocates say, is more dangerous than Alaska’s isolated villages, where there are no roads in or out, and where people are further cut off by undependable telephone, electrical and Internet service. (more…)

Native American tribe sues beer companies

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

AL JAZEERA ENGLISH / May 22, 2012

A Native American tribe in the US has lodged a $500 million lawsuit against some of the world’s largest beer companies.

The Oglala Sioux say brewers, retailers and distributors should pay for their health and other alcohol-related problems.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from Whiteclay in Nebraska.

Video HERE.

Crime Watch: Local activist calls for end to alcohol sales at Whiteclay

Friday, May 18th, 2012

By MOLLY MONTAG / SIOUX CITY JOURNAL / May 18, 2012

The New York Times published an opinion piece by local activist Frank LaMere, who had strong words for beer distributor Anheuser-Busch.

LaMere, a Winnebago tribal member, joined the Times’ Nicholas Kristof’s criticism of the beer giant due to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Blood on Their Hands

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

By FRANK LaMERE / THE NEW YORK TIMES / May 16, 2012

Frank LaMere is an activist and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Frank LaMere

Any action short of shutting down Whiteclay and crippling the enterprise that peddles alcohol among the Lakota people is unacceptable. The death toll exacted on the Lakota people by Anheuser-Busch and its partners continues to rise, and the sooner the Sheridan County hell-hole can be leveled the better off Nebraska will be.

County, state and liquor industry officials have long known of the lawlessness and illegal activities that go on there, but they have been allowed to run from their responsibilities as public trustees by reducing the sad reality to a discussion about personal responsibility and market demand. (more…)

How to Address Alcoholism on Indian Reservations

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

THE NEW YORK TIMES / Room for Debate / May 16, 2012

Whiteclay, Neb., outside the Pine Ridge Indian ReservationWhiteclay, Neb., just across the state line from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)

In The New York Times earlier this month, Nicholas D. Kristof called for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch because of how the company’s products are affecting residents of an Indian reservation that has been decimated by alcoholism. The reservation is dry, but the nearby town of Whiteclay, Neb., (with a population of about 10 people) “sells more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually” and “is the main channel through which alcohol illegally enters the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.”

How can tribes, states, the federal government and local communities deal with alcoholism on and around reservations? If the beer companies and liquor stores are following the law, do they have a further responsibility to their communities?

These questions are discussed by Frank LaMere (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), Aneel Karnani (University of Michigan), Waheed Hussain (University of Pennsylvania), and Richard B. Luarkie (Governor, Pueblo of Laguna, N.M.)

READ THE DISCUSSION »

Anheuser-Busch, drunk on greed

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

By JIM HIGHTOWER / May 16, 2012 / NATION OF CHANGE [for audio]

Big brewers like Anheuser-Busch frequently admonish us imbibers of their grain products to “drink responsibly.” Well, I say back to them: Lobby responsibly.

In particular, I point to a disgusting binge of besotted lobbying by Anheuser-Busch (now owned by the Belgian beer conglomerate InBev) and other beer barons this year in the Nebraska legislature. (more…)

‘Beer Sniffing’ reporters invade Pine Ridge

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

By TOM GIAGO / THE HUFFINGTON POST / May 13, 2012

The “beer sniffing” reporters from across the country, particularly those of The New York Times, descended upon the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

First came Diane Sawyer from ABC Television immediately followed by a Tim Williams and Nicholas Kristoff from The New York Times and Arthur Sulzberger,The New York Times‘ Bureau Chief for Kansas City, and then Tony Newman, listed as Director of Media Relations for the Drug Policy Alliance. (more…)