Posts Tagged ‘Liquor Commission’

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

Friday, May 18th, 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…)

Blood on Their Hands

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


Frank LaMere is an activist and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Frank LaMere

Any action short of shutting down Whiteclay and crippling the enterprise that peddles alcohol among the Lakota people is unacceptable. The death toll exacted on the Lakota people by Anheuser-Busch and its partners continues to rise, and the sooner the Sheridan County hell-hole can be leveled the better off Nebraska will be.

County, state and liquor industry officials have long known of the lawlessness and illegal activities that go on there, but they have been allowed to run from their responsibilities as public trustees by reducing the sad reality to a discussion about personal responsibility and market demand. (more…)

A Battle With the Brewers

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

By  / May 5, 2012 / NEW YORK TIMES

WHITECLAY, Neb. – AFTER seeing Anheuser-Busch’s devastating exploitation of American Indians, I’m done with its beer.

The human toll is evident here in Whiteclay: men and women staggering on the street, or passed out, whispers of girls traded for alcohol. The town has a population of about 10 people, but it sells more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually — because it is the main channel through which alcohol illegally enters the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a few steps away. (more…)

Indian beer bill stalls; industry money flows

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

By Timothy Willams / April 11, 2012 / NEW YORK TIMES

Legislation in Nebraska that would curtail alcohol purchases to residents of a dry Indian reservation has stalled in a key committee whose members have received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the alcohol industry, according to state records.

The bill, which would allow the authorities to establish “alcohol impact zones” in areas prone to alcohol-related crime, appears doomed, with the legislative session scheduled to end Wednesday. (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…)

Man denied liquor license near South Dakota Indian reservations

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


RAPID CITY, S.D. –  Commissioners in South Dakota’s Mellette County have rejected a sheriff’s deputy’s plans to sell liquor in a town near American Indian reservations, including one that is suing some of the worlds’ largest beer makers. (more…)

Letter 2/27: Cartoon sheds light on problem

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Letter to the Editor / OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / February 27, 2012

I thank Jeff Koterba for an excellent and thought-provoking Feb. 12 editorial cartoon on the problem of too much beer in Whiteclay, Neb. (more…)

Gold Mines in Hell

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

By Stephanie Woodard / 100 REPORTERS

In Nebraska, some liquor stores sell booze to minors and manage to hang onto their licenses, according to Nebraska Liquor Control Commission data. That’s as long as the stores are doing business in Whiteclay, Nebraska, located about 250 feet south of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

Editorial, 2/18: New ideas on Whiteclay

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


With millions of cans of beer continuing to flow unabated year after year from Whiteclay across the border to the Pine Ridge Reservation, it’s encouraging to hear some new ideas for addressing the problem.

A long-shot civil lawsuit filed by Omaha lawyer Tom White for the Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks $500 million from defendants ranging from major breweries to the little stores in the village of Whiteclay, population of 10 or so, that sell all that alcohol. (more…)

Nebraska bill targeting Whiteclay faces scrutiny

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A proposal to allow for stricter alcohol rules in certain parts of Nebraska would give local governments the tools they need to fight public drunkenness, a state lawmaker said Monday.

But the bill faced skepticism from some state lawmakers and industry leaders, who questioned whether the measure unfairly singled out certain areas. Critics also said they doubted the measure would solve persistent alcohol abuse in problem areas. (more…)