Robyn Wisch, KVNO News / NET Radio / July 20, 2012
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, SD (NET RADIO) - Editor’s note: In the first part of our series on alcoholism and Whiteclay, we took you to this small Nebraska town on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Four liquor stores in Whiteclay sell what amounts to four million cans of beer each year, helping feed a massive alcohol problem that pervades the reservation. Now, the Oglala Sioux tribe is taking on the beer manufacturers in a lawsuit that could send hundreds of millions of dollars to one of the poorest counties in the country. In this second segment, we go to the front lines of the battle against alcoholism on the Pine Ridge reservation to find out why some people there say throwing money at the problem might not be the answer.
“Everybody knows me as Babe’ around here.”
Standing by the main drag of Whiteclay, Neb. on a recent evening, Babe was trying to get a ride back to his mother. He hitched into town from his home, which he said is about 20 miles away. He lives on the Pine Ridge reservation, where alcohol is illegal – so he came to Whiteclay to buy beer.
“Me, I’m on a liquor diet,” Babe said. “I only have a couple months to live.” (more…)