Film spotlights alcohol sales near reservation

Published Monday May 4, 2009
SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER

A documentary chronicling alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb., and its effect on the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday at Black Sheep Coffee House, 3720 N. Cliff Ave.

“The Battle for Whiteclay” depicts how alcohol has ravaged Pine Ridge families for generations. Huge amounts of beer are sold by four Nebraska businesses in the small village of Whiteclay, just across the South Dakota-Nebraska border, according to Nebraska state officials.

The film is being presented by the South Dakota Chapter of the ANSWER Coalition and is part of the South Dakota ANSWER Film Series. The two-hour movie will be followed by a one-hour discussion with the film’s producer, Mark Vasina, and others.

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