Posts Tagged ‘lawsuits’

29 Beers That Have Used American Indian Imagery

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

By ICTMN Staff / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / June 23, 2012

Selling beer to Indians is a controversial business, as shown by the recent federal lawsuit filed against the state of Nebraska by the Oglala Lakotas of Pine Ridge over sales of alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska.

But what about selling beer with Indians? Using Indian imagery to sell beer?

As with many American products, from grocery-store produce to motorcycles, American Indian names and likenesses have been used as brand names and logos. But it’s possible that no industry has used Native American imagery as much as the beer trade.

Here are 29 instances of brewing companies that have branded their beers with Indian imagery. (more…)

VIDEO: Deep Green Resistance joins Lakota: Action at Whiteclay

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Indigenous Peoples, Resistance and Human Rights / June 12, 2012

Members of Deep Green Resistance join Lakota allies from Pine Ridge in an action against Whiteclay, a tiny Nebraska town with a population of 14 and a total of 4 liquor stores. For years, the rural and isolated town’s economy has been based on the exploitation of the Lakota people.

VIDEO 1: Deep Green Resistance joins Lakota: Action at Whiteclay

VIDEO 2: Rez Ramblings: Protest of White Clay Alcohol Sales

Oglala Sioux Tribes Sues Major Brewers, Sellers And Distributors For Devastating Alcoholism In Tribes

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

By CARISSA WYANT / MINT PRESS NEWS / June 7, 2012

(MintPress)— Alleging that some of the world’s biggest beer brewers have knowingly contributed to devastating problems, including alcoholism, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is suing Anheuser-Busch, Pabst Brewing Co. and others for $500 million in damages.

The lawsuit, filed in February in U.S. District Court of Nebraska, seeks for the costs the tribe has incurred in dealing with crime and providing social services and  as a result of rampant alcoholism among its members. (more…)

Whiteclay Confessions: An Oglala Exposes Violent, Seamy Effects of Whiteclay’s Liquor Stores

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

By STEPHANIE WOODARD / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / June 7, 2012

We went to a tribal member who spent years patronizing Whiteclay’s beer stores, but has now sobered up and turned his life around. He asked to remain anonymous, for fear of retribution.

Will the tribe’s lawsuit against the beer makers, distributors and sellers help?

I think it will, because Whiteclay is where a lot of people on Pine Ridge get alcohol. In a few minutes, you can stroll down there from Pine Ridge village, the biggest population center on the reservation, right over the South Dakota-Nebraska line. Sometimes people go several times a day. So if you stop the liquor trade in Whiteclay, you severely limit access to alcohol on Pine Ridge. (more…)

Beer Profiteers Fight Oglala Lawsuit That Seeks Control of Alcohol Sales

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

By STEPHANIE WOODARD / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / June 5, 2012

The Oglala Lakota elder spread out the map on her kitchen table. It showed the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where possessing, consuming or selling booze can land you in jail. “People living in the western part of the reservation can get alcohol in the border town of Oelrichs, South Dakota, where carryout is available, and I hear a second bar has just been built,” she said, sweeping her hand across the left side of the map. “If you live on the eastern side, around Allen, for example, you can drive over to Martin to drink or buy carryout. In the northern part of the reservation, you can go to [the town of] Interior. And of course, there’s Whiteclay, to the south of us in Nebraska.” (more…)

Whiteclay: Oglala Lakota Lawsuit Keeps Alcohol Problem on Front Burner

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

By MARY ANNETTE PEMBER / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / June 5, 2012

As a Native American woman and recovering alcoholic I am grateful for Whiteclay, Nebraska for the simple reason that it keeps the disease of alcoholism and addiction right where it needs to be for our people: front and center.

Having seen many failures and successes in sobriety, I am convinced that the message in the often-quoted recovery phrase willingness to do whatever it takes is the key to successful sobriety. (more…)

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…)

Oglala Sioux tribal members are proud of Pine Ridge Reservation

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

By LISA WIRTHMAN / THE DENVER POST / May 27, 2012

Dana Lone Hill is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While poverty and alcoholism are critical issues on the reservation, she says it’s also a place of hope and pride in this e-mailed interview. Lone Hill is author of an upcoming book, “Pointing with Lips.” (more…)

Native American tribe sues beer companies

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

AL JAZEERA ENGLISH / May 22, 2012

A Native American tribe in the US has lodged a $500 million lawsuit against some of the world’s largest beer companies.

The Oglala Sioux say brewers, retailers and distributors should pay for their health and other alcohol-related problems.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from Whiteclay in Nebraska.

Video HERE.

Crime Watch: Local activist calls for end to alcohol sales at Whiteclay

Friday, May 18th, 2012

By MOLLY MONTAG / SIOUX CITY JOURNAL / May 18, 2012

The New York Times published an opinion piece by local activist Frank LaMere, who had strong words for beer distributor Anheuser-Busch.

LaMere, a Winnebago tribal member, joined the Times’ Nicholas Kristof’s criticism of the beer giant due to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)