Posts Tagged ‘Tom White’

Officials dispute Whiteclay burn victim’s lawsuit

Saturday, December 29th, 2012


LINCOLN, NEB. – Authorities in northwest Nebraska are disputing a lawsuit that accuses them of negligently setting a grass fire that burned a man in the border town of Whiteclay.

Attorneys for the Rushville Volunteer Fire Department and the Sheridan County sheriff argue in court filings that they were not responsible for the injuries to Bryan Bluebird, an Oglala Sioux Tribe member who lives on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. (more…)

Oglala Sioux tribe ponders options in alcohol lawsuit

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / Associated Press / October 4, 2012

Omaha, Nebraska (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, whose federal lawsuit against four Nebraska beer sellers and some of the nation’s biggest breweries was dismissed this week, may refile in state court, the tribe’s attorney said.

Tom White, an Omaha-based attorney for the tribe, said he’d urge the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s council to continue with its lawsuit against the alcohol manufacturers and distributors and four retailers in Whiteclay. The town of about a dozen residents on the reservation’s border sold the equivalent of 4.3 million 12-ounce cans of beer last year. (more…)

Lawsuit against Whiteclay beer stores dismissed

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The Associated Press / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR / October 1, 2012

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit that blamed beer makers and stores in Whiteclay for chronic alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, saying the case belonged in state court and giving a subtle nod to the tribe’s claims. (more…)

Fighting alcoholism on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is about more than money

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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…)

Nebraska lawsuit latest in fight over Whiteclay

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Robyn Wisch, KVNO News / NET Radio / July 19, 2012

WHITECLAY, NE (NET RADIO) - Whiteclay, Neb. sits on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The town is located a few miles from a sign that welcomes visitors to “The Good Life.” But some describe it as “hell.”

Whiteclay, population around 11, is a visible outpost of the alcoholism that runs rampant on the reservation. But how did this small Nebraska town become such a scene of devastation? Why does it fester, and whose responsibility is it to clean it up? (more…)

Whiteclay burn victim files papers to sue county

Monday, June 25th, 2012


A man who was burned in a controlled grass fire in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay has filed papers to sue local authorities for negligence, saying they failed to spot him lying in a field and ignited the blaze on a dangerously windy day. (more…)

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

Thursday, June 7th, 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…)

Beer Profiteers Fight Oglala Lawsuit That Seeks Control of Alcohol Sales

Tuesday, June 5th, 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


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


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…)