Posts Tagged ‘bootlegging’

Beer companies want tribe lawsuit dismissed

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


LINCOLN (AP) — Beer vendors in a tiny Nebraska town would be forced to discriminate against residents of a neighboring South Dakota American Indian reservation if a judge agrees with a lawsuit accusing the retailers and others of knowingly contributing to the reservation’s alcohol-related problems, attorneys said in asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed. (more…)

Are beer firms to blame for Native American drink woe?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

By Pia Gadkari / April 27, 2012 / BBC News

White Clay, Nebraska – After years of failed efforts to address chronic alcoholism, can a $500m (£308m) dollar lawsuit against the beer supply-chain put an end to one tribe’s deadly struggle with alcohol? (more…)

Brendan Johnson on Bootlegging Indictments and More

Monday, April 9th, 2012


A federal grand jury has indicted five individuals for possessing and selling alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Dakota, an arm of the Department of Justice. According to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, the indictments resulted from a cooperative operation targeting bootlegging by his office, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services. (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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Tribe seeks to limit beer sales at Whiteclay

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012


The Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking a federal court to limit alcohol sales in a small Nebraska town that sells nearly 5 million cans of beer a year.

The tribe’s attorney, former state senator Tom White of Omaha, amended a lawsuit Friday that was filed Feb. 9 in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. The amendment asks the court to limit beer sales in Whiteclay to an amount “that can reasonably be consumed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nebraska and the (tribe).” (more…)