Posts Tagged ‘alcoholism’

Governor, tribal president talk for just 2 minutes

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / July 8, 2013

Not many problems can be solved in two minutes.

And that includes the situation in Whiteclay.

Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer of South Dakota and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman had planned for weeks to get together Monday morning to try to address alcohol sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

But the meeting ended after fewer than three minutes, and the governor’s office and Brewer later traded barbs over whose fault that was. (more…)

A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By  / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 19, 2013

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Robert Siegel. On the Pine Ridge Reservation at the southern edge of South Dakota, alcohol is banned. But just outside the reservation, the tiny border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, sells as much as 5 million cans of beer a year. Most of the buyers are impoverished tribal residents. Earlier this week, the Oglala Sioux tribal president was arrested while taking part in a blockade of beer delivery trucks in Whiteclay.

Activists have been clashing with liquor store owners and the conflict is escalating, as South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Charles Michael Ray reports. (more…)

Tribe votes to allow members to decide whether to legalize alcohol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / June 12, 2013

A decision Tuesday to allow the members of a South Dakota tribe to decide whether to legalize alcohol on their reservation has spurred strong opinions on both sides and raised concerns about how the tribe might regulate alcohol sales.

Oglala Sioux tribal leaders and activists have raised fears that legalization of alcohol on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation could lead to a sharp spike in alcohol abuse and crime, though others argue legalization could help the cash-strapped tribe fund much-needed treatment and youth programs to combat alcoholism and its devastating effects. (more…)

Council Considers Referendum On Prohibition

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 11, 2013

The Oglala Sioux Tribal council is slated to debate a referendum on legalizing alcohol on Pine Ridge in Tuesday’s meeting.

The Tribal Council is considering approving a reservation wide vote on prohibition.

The move comes alongside efforts to curb alcohol sales in the nearby border town of Whiteclay. (more…)

Whiteclay Heats Up As Tribe Reconsiders Prohibition

Friday, June 7th, 2013

By CHARLES MICHAEL RAY / SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING / June 7, 2013

Activists and liquor store owners are clashing in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska on the boarder of the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Beer delivery trucks are being stopped and vandalized as men wielding baseball bats are accused of threatening protesters.

Alcohol is banned on Pine Ridge.   But the town of Whiteclay sells the equivalent of up to 5-million cans of beer annually–mostly to impoverished tribal residents.   As the conflict escalates the tribal nation is grappling with the idea of lifting its prohibition of alcohol. (more…)

Liquor stores divide a dry reservation

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

By PALOMA ESQUIVEL / LOS ANGELES TIMES / February 2, 2013

Alcohol has been banned on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for years. But those looking for a drink cross the state line to buy a can or case.

On a narrow road two miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, State Line Liquor beckons.

Inside, “Native Pride” caps line a wall and sodas fill a cooler. But more often than not, people come for Budweiser and malt liquors with names like Tilt Watermelon and Hurricane.

Alcohol has been banned on the South Dakota reservation for generations, so people come to State Line or three other beer and wine stores in Whiteclay for a case, a can or whatever a handful of change will buy. (more…)

Students boycott Bud, Anheuser-Busch in bid to halt Whiteclay beer sales

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

By CHRISTOPHER BURBACH / Omaha World-Herald /January 23, 2013

With protests, lawsuits and political pressure having failed to stop beer sales in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., students from three Nebraska universities and a high school are turning to consumer power as the latest weapon in the decades-long dispute.

It worked with fast food. Maybe, the students reason, it will work with Whiteclay beer sales that contribute to social ills on the neighboring Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

The students, led by Creighton Prep graduates who were first inspired by a high school class, on Tuesday announced a boycott of Budweiser beer and other Anheuser-Busch products. [Goto whiteclayboycott.blogspot.com.] They’re picking on Bud because Anheuser-Busch products compose a large majority of the beer that is sold by the four off-sale stores in Whiteclay — 4.3 million 12-ounce cans in 2011. The town has about a dozen residents. Most of the beer is sold to people from the Pine Ridge reservation, where alcohol is banned. (more…)

Students boycott Anheuser-Busch

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

KETV Channel 7 News (Omaha) / Jan 22, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. —Local college and high school students are building support against alcohol sales near an Indian reservation.

Creighton University students are leading a boycott of Anheuser-Busch, saying the company is doing injustice to Whiteclay, Neb., near the South Dakota border and the Pine Ridge Reservation. (more…)

Activists: Whiteclay protest ended peacefully

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

ASSOCIATED PRESS / January 01, 2013

A New Year’s Eve protest of beer sales in Whiteclay ended peacefully with three of the Nebraska town’s four alcohol stores closing early and making very few late-night sales to Natives, activists said Tuesday. (more…)

For Whiteclay protesters, blockade is personal

Monday, December 31st, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS / December 31, 2012

Native American activists were planning to spend the last hours of 2012 trying to disrupt the flow of alcohol onto South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — a fight that for many members is rooted in personal pain and tragedy.

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Deep Green Resistance, which advocates for Native rights, were planning to form a blockade from 9 p.m. until midnight Monday on the road into the officially dry reservation from Whiteclay, just across the state border in Nebraska. (more…)