Posts Tagged ‘Jon Bruning’

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…)

NPR All Things Considered: Tribe sues to keep reservation free of booze

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

By Charles Michael Ray, SD Public Radio / NPR All Things Considered / March 31, 2011

To listen to this 4-minute story visit NPR All Things Considered at this LINK.

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…)

Tribe seeks injunction on Whiteclay beer sales

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

By Joe Duggan / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — A South Dakota Native American tribe has sought a court order to sharply restrict beer sales in the Nebraska village of Whiteclay while larger legal questions are sorted out in a federal lawsuit.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed an amended complaint Friday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, seeking an injunction to limit the total volume of beer sales “to an amount that can reasonably be consumed” in a village with fewer than 12 residents. There are no public places to drink beer in Whiteclay, which lies just south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. (more…)

Tribe seeks to limit beer sales at Whiteclay

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

By Kevin Abourezk / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

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…)

Attorney General Bruning says state should stay out of the Whiteclay lawsuit

Friday, February 10th, 2012

NEBRASKA RADIO NETWORK

Attorney General Jon Bruning says the lawsuit involving the Pine Ridge Reservation’s lawsuit against beer makers, distributors and retailers in Whiteclay is something Nebraska shouldn’t be involved in. (more…)

Noble efforts begin at Whiteclay

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Published Saturday May 1, 2010
THE PUBLIC PULSE (Letters to the Editor)
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

An April 27 news story on Whiteclay, Neb., commendably focused on the cleanup efforts taking place. (more…)

‘Little ray of hope’ for Whiteclay

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Published Tuesday April 27, 2010
BY PAUL HAMMEL
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Officials hope a weekend cleanup in the notorious border town of Whiteclay, Neb., will lead to more cleanups and a renewed effort to increase law enforcement. (more…)

Unearthing hope from beneath Whiteclay trash

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Published Sunday April 25, 2010
BY KEVIN ABOUREZK
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

WHITECLAY – Jack Andersen pulled beer cans and plastic bottles from a flooded ditch Saturday, trying to make a dent in the pile of garbage that had collected for untold months and years in a neglected corner of this village near Pine Ridge, S.D. (more…)

Tribal support could improve lives on the reservation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Published Tuesday March 30, 2010
STAFF EDITORIAL
SCOTTSBLUFF STAR HERALD

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB. — Over the years we’ve grown skeptical of efforts to “solve” the problem of beer sales in Whiteclay.

Much of the noise seems calculated to promote the careers of celebrity “activists” rather than address the real problem, which is rampant alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. Critics of the beer merchants have always found it convenient to overlook that those buying the beer are willing customers who would simply look elsewhere if the Whiteclay stores were shut down. (more…)